According to the latest Dreger Report on TSN.ca, Tomas Kaberle might have played his last game wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. Unless a complete meltdown happens, a deal could be done with the Boston Bruins in the next few days.
The complete specifics of the trade haven't been worked out yet, but the one thing apparently keeping the trade from happening is Boston's cap issue. They are currently trying to make a trade with another team, presumably to accommodate Kaberle's salary.
With Boston's acquisition of Chris Kelly, Blake Wheeler is the most likely candidate to be moved because of his $2.2 million contract, and other teams are said to have been targeting him. Other rumors have pointed out that Mark Stuart could be heading to Chicago and, in fact, Wheeler could be coming to Toronto.
The proposed deal with Boston would send Kaberle to Toronto in return for a package including Wheeler and a draft pick.
Just as soon as all this broke, Brian Burke spoke to NHL Live! today and said that any reports saying a deal with Boston is imminent is false. He also said that Kaberle might not be traded, but the odds of it happening, perhaps as early as today, are still very high.
Burke added that he is still talking to other teams about Kaberle, so the price could supposedly be raised for Boston. Maybe that pick will end up being Boston's first-rounder, or if we throw in a prospect and that third-rounder we got in the Versteeg deal, we could get our first-rounder back.
I guess the one thing we have to look forward to is Boston making a deal within the next couple of days. If that happens, then Kaberle will most likely be done in Toronto.
Is this the last Kaberle rumor we'll ever here? I don't know, but it seems, now more than ever, like this finally might be it.