There is no question that my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs are in a rebuilding process, and that this season, as everyone has said before, will require patience. But I'm still an eight-year-old child at heart and I still hope that the Leafs will make the playoffs this season.
Let's change gears though for a second and talk about a team that had playoff hopes coming into this season: the Philadelphia Flyers. Now, first off, it is only the first five games, but this team is capable of much better. And 22 goals against to start the season has shown that this team's primary problem is defense.
Now, where does all this fit in with the Leafs? Well, last season at the the trade deadline, there was a deal in place that would have sent Kaberle to the Flyers in exchange for Jeff Carter and a draft pick. So, I say how 'bout it, let's make a deal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have an abundance of defensemen and sending one away would help coach Ron Wilson decide who plays.
Now, why Kaberle? Don't get me wrong, I've always loved the guy, but he's part of the old regime. On top of that, in his first interview with the media in the preseason he seemed distraught and was even open to moving somewhere else. Quite a change from just over six months ago.
Out of the gate, the Leafs have an offensive problem, whereas the Flyers have a defensive problem, so let's put our hatred for each other aside for one moment and make a deal.