Tomas Kaberle Sent To Boston For Joe Colborne and Picks

Russ GodekContributor IIIFebruary 18, 2011

TORONTO, CAN - FEBRUARY 7:  Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers on February 7, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Thrashers 5-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Well, the speculation is over.

Tomas Kaberle has been traded to the Boston Bruins for prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins' 2011 first round pick and a conditional draft pick. The trade is just waiting on confirmation from the league before it is finalized.

Kaberle was one of the top defenseman on the trade market this year and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The trade ends 12 years in Toronto for Kaberle, where he was a fan favorite and one of the best defenseman in their history.

In 12 seasons, Kaberle racked up 83 goals and 437 assists in 878 games with the Leafs. This season has also been good to him, leading the team in assists with 35.

The addition of Kaberle boosts the Bruins blue line significantly and gives them a strong power play. This move is a clear indicator that the Bruins intend on reaching the Stanley Cup Finals this year in what is expected to be a very closely contested Eastern Conference playoff race.

As for what Toronto gets, Colborne was the 16th overall pick in the 2008 Entry Draft and could be a promising young center.

The picks are nothing to be cherished, even with the first round thrown in, as this year's draft class is not expected to impress.