It is finally official. After months of speculation leading up to the NHL trade deadline and various deals being almost done and then falling apart, Tomas Kaberle is officially no longer a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After days of heated speculation, the longest-serving Toronto Maple Leaf player has in fact been dealt.
Amid attempted secrecy, TSN's Darren Dreger reported via Twitter that coming back from Boston will be the Bruins' first-round pick, as well as Joe Colborne, a highly touted prospect who currently plays with the Providence Bruins of the AHL.
Colborne is a 6'5" center from Calgary, Alberta who reportedly comes with very good vision, although he needs to work on his skating.
The obvious comparison will be made be made between Colborne and former Leaf Nikolai Antropov, who famously struggled with the Leafs for a couple of years before finding his game and scoring 26 goals in 2008 before being traded away to the New York Rangers in 2009 before the deadline.
Tomas Kaberle is one former Toronto Maple Leaf that will never be booed when he returns to the Air Canada Centre.
Though flaws in his defensive game and an overall lack of physical play earned him the wrath of both the Toronto media and fans of the club on occasion, Kaberle was the longest-serving Leaf and also the only remaining member of the last playoff team.
Kabby played over 800 games for the Leafs, tallied over 500 points and was a career plus-25, and he will be sorely missed by everyone.
The remaining members of the Toronto Maple Leafs won't have a lot of time to adjust, as they face the hapless Ottawa Senators tomorrow night and look to extend their winning streak to stay alive in the playoff race.