Swamp Monster Deal: Tomas Kaberle To the Devils?

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJune 11, 2010

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8:  Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff in a game against the San Jose Sharks on February 8, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Sharks defeated the Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Post is reporting that the Devils are among the strongest bidders for Kaberle this offseason.

Kaberle, who just may be the biggest trade commodity this offseason, is scheduled to make 4.25 million dollars in the final year of his contract; a contract which is extremely team friendly.

Of course, the Leafs have been targeting a first round pick in return due to the Phil Kessel fiasco, losing both first round picks this year and next, but the trouble is that New Jersey does not own a first round pick. That pick was traded along with Johnny Oduya, Niklas Bergfors, and prospect center and World Junior Team Captain Patrice Cormier for sniper Ilya Kovalchuk.

I, for one, have ZERO interest in trading with the Devils unless I'd be getting back the likes of Travis Zajac, Paul Martin, or Mattias Tedenby.Β 

By my deduction, I really don't see a deal happening with Jersey. They just don't have the necessary pieces to garner any attention from my eyes.Β 

I would also like to give a high five out to Eklund, who broke that Jersey had lots of interest about two weeks ago, and now a paper like the New York Post picks up this story just today. It's either really bad reporting by the Post or really good insider information from Eklund. I hope it's the latter, which will make the offseason rumors just that much more exciting.

If you can think of a viable New Jersey option, feel free to post.

I tried a Zajac/38th pick for Kaberle, but that's about all I can think of.


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