Brian Burke is on his way back to Toronto from a nice vacation spent mostly fishing and ignoring the cell phone. Even though trade talks with other teams have taken a break, the rumor mill was still stirring.
The latest rumor has the Flyers interested in Tomas Kaberle.
"The Flyers could send Coburn and Van Riemsdyk to Toronto for Kaberle and a top prospect."
I'm not a big fan of posting rumors like this because there's no site reporting it, just one man—Eklund; but this is by far one of the better offers I have come across in the past few months for the Maple Leafs with respect to Kaberle.
The top prospect I suspect will either be Aulie, Blacker, or Reimer/Rynnas (since they still could use goaltending help).
What this move does for the Leafs is they get a very young, promising winger in Van Riemsdyk and a replacement for Kaberle in Coburn. Van Riemsdyk's size and skill is the perfect compliment to Kessel. Now, the Leafs need to find that first line center if this deal is in fact on the table.
In his rookie season, Van Riemsdyk finished with 15 goals and 20 assists for a very respectable 35 points in 78 games. This year, he could be primed for a breakout year in his sophomore season.
Coburn, 25, scored five goals and assisted on only 14. Coburn's season was not up to his standards and I expect him to return to his steady self next year, no matter where he may end up.
Kaberle would provide the Flyers with a great puck-moving defender who you could pair with either Pronger or Meszaros and you will not lose a beat. However, I don't see the reasoning on trading two young players for a one-year player who could leave the following offseason.
Either way, this was an interesting rumor that I wanted to share and hear opinions about.