NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Would Love To Deal for Tomas Kaberle

Tom Schreier@tschreier3Correspondent IJuly 26, 2010

NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Would Love To Deal for Tomas Kaberle

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Anaheim Ducks

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $15,551,250 (21)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Lubomir Visnovsky (three, $5.6 million)

    Toni Lydman (three, $3 million)

    Sheldon Brookbank (two, $0.75 million)

    Brendan Mikkelson (one, $0.69 million)

    Brett Festerling (one, $0.53 million)

    Analysis:

    The Ducks only have five defensemen under contract and put a lot of emphasis on defense. Brookbank is able to hold his own on the ice, but it may be a stretch to consider him a top-four defensemen.

    Kaberle would be a great fit on the Ducks. The team does not get a lot of attention or put people in the seats unless they are a playoff contender, and Kaberle's small contract (relative to his play ability) makes him a very attractive pickup if the Ducks can move the right pieces.

Minnesota Wild

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $2,897,305 (23)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Marek Zidlicky (three, $4 million)

    Brent Burns (two, $3.55 million)

    Nick Schultz (four, $3.5 million)

    Cam Barker (two, $3.08 million)

    Greg Zanon (two, $1.93 million)

    Nate Prosser (one, $0.65 million)

    Clayton Stoner (two, $0.55 million)

    Analysis:

    Even under head coach Todd Richards the young Wild are a defense-first team and are always looking to improve their defensive corps.

    The Wild are not going to give up a lot to get Kaberle. His ability and great contract make him a hot commodity, but Minnesota will not mortgage its future for a defensemen when they are already well off at that position. However, if they can get a good deal on Kaberle he would be a great complement to Cam Barker, Brent Burns, and Nick Schultz—assuming one of those players (namely Burns) is not dealt to Toronto for him.

Boston Bruins

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $12,229 (20)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Zdeno Chara (one, $7.5 million)

    Dennis Seidenberg (four, $3.25 million)

    Andrew Ference (three, $2.25 million)

    Johnny Boychuk (two, $1.88 million)

    Mark Stuart (one, $1.68 million)

    Matt Hunwick (one, $1.45 million)

    Adam McQuaid (two, $0.58 million)

    Analysis:

    The Bruins have seven defensemen under contract and very little money to spend. Zdeno Chara, who takes a $7.5 million cap hit needs to be re-signed and Patrice Bergeron, Michael Ryder, Marco Sturm, and Mark Recci are all in the last year of their contract.

    Marc Savard has reportedly been waived as a potential trade piece and the Maple Leafs are in need of pivots. A Toronto-Boston trade is very likely.

New York Rangers

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed): 


    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Wade Redden (four, $6.5 million)

    Michal Rozsival (two, $5 million)

    Daniel Girardi (four, $3.33 million)

    Matt Gilroy (one, $1.75 million)

    Steve Eminger (one, $1.13 million)

    Michael Del Zotto (two, $1.09 million)

    Analysis:

    Michael Del Zotto is probably the biggest steal in the league. His play last year indicated he should be mentioned in the same sentence as Drew Doughty and Zach Bogosian when it comes to best young defensemen in the league.

    The Rangers don't have a major need on their blueline, but the thought of matching Del Zotto with an experienced defensemen like Kaberle would be too tempting if they got the right offer.

Los Angeles Kings

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $16,104,166 (18)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Drew Doughty (one, $3.48 million)

    Rob Scuderi (three, $3.4 million)

    Matt Greene (four, $2.95 million)

    Jack Johnson (one, $1.43 million)

    Davis Drewiske (three, $0.62 million)

    Peter Harrold (one, $0.58 million)

    Analysis:

    The Kings have plenty of cap space, but are pretty set on defensemen: Drew Doughty is quickly becoming one of the best in the league, Rob Scuderi is a Stanley Cup champion who is solid in his own end, Matt Greene is a great leader who can also hold his own defensively, and Jack Johnson is emerging as a young star.

    The Kings will not be a huge player in the Kaberle sweepstakes, but the thought of him playing with Doughty is too tempting to pass if they get the right offer.

San Jose Sharks

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $6,137,500 (18)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Dan Boyle (four, $6.67 million)

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic (three, $3.1 million)

    Niclas Wallin (one, $2.5 million)

    Douglas Murray (three, $2.5 million)

    Kent Huskins (one, $1.7 million)

    Jason Demers (one, $0.54 million)

    Jay Leach (one, $0.5 million)

    Analysis:

    The Sharks are rumored to be in talks for Kaberle.They have a strong defensive corps, with Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Niclas Wallin, and Douglas Murray serving in the top four spots, but have lost Rob Blake—an almost irreplaceable presence on and off the ice.

    Vlasic should not be underestimated, his defensive skills are outstanding and he's only 23. However, to expect him to replace Blake is absurd. Kaberle will not be able to replace Blake, but he is a better replacement and certainly strengthens their defensive corps.

Washington Capitals

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $8,555,705 (19)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Mike Green (two, $5.25 million)

    Tom Poti (one, $3.5 million)

    Jeff Schultz (four, $2.75 million)

    Karl Alzner (one, $1.68 million)

    John Erskine (one, $1.25 million)

    John Carlson (two, $0.85 million)

    Tyler Sloan (two, $0.7 million)

    Analysis:

    The Capitals have three solid defensemen in Mike Green, Tom Poti, and Jeff Schultz, and John Erskine is no slouch, but Kaberle would certainly be a big addition to their defense.

    Washington has a pretty strong core and do not want to break it up in order to land one player. If the Leafs are interested in Alexander Semin, who has one year left on his $6 million deal, the Caps should deal him in order to get Kaberle.

Montreal Canadiens

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):


    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Andrei Markov (one, $5.75 million)

    Roman Hamrlik (one, $5.5 million)

    Jaroslav Spacek (two, $3.83 million)

    Hal Gill (one, $2.25 million)

    Josh Gorges (one, $1.1 million)

    Ryan O'Byrne (one, $0.94 million)

    P.K. Subban (two, $0.88 million)

    Analysis:

    The Canadiens' defense navigated them through the playoffs last year. With three of their top-four defensemen needing renewed contracts at the end of the year, and most likely pay increases, Montreal would be smart to acquire Kaberle.

    By adding him to their roster, the Habs hit two birds with one stone: they are able to obtain a great defensemen at a reasonable price and take away a star from a rival team. The Habs should avoid mortgaging their future for the short term, Kaberle is 32, but if they can land him it would be a great catch for Montreal.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):

    $16,020,584 (17)

    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Pavel Kubina (two, $3.85 million)

    Mattias Ohlund (six, $3.6 million)

    Victor Hedman (two, $3.5 million)

    Brett Clark (two, $1.5 million)

    Mike Lundin (one, $0.75 million)

    Matt Lashoff (one, $0.55 million)

    Matt Smaby (one, $0.53 million)

    Analysis:

    The Lightning made a big splash in the offseason by dealing for longtime Flyer Simon Gagne. With their offensive firepower and improved blueline (make no mistake, dealing Andrej Meszaros was an upgrade) the Bolts should be considered a playoff team next year.

    The team has three solid defensemen in Kubina, Ohlund, and Hedman, and their younger defensemen are only a few years from playing with the best, but the addition of Kaberle would put Tampa's top-four defensemen among the best in the league.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Current Cap Space (Players Signed):


    Defensemen on Roster (Years, Cap Hit):

    Paul Martin (five, $5 million)

    Zbynek Michalek (five, $4 million)

    Brooks Orpik (four, $3.75 million)

    Kristopher Letang (four, $3.5 million)

    Alex Goligoski (two, $1.83 million)

    Ben Lovejoy (three, $0.53 million)

    Analysis:

    Pittsburgh lost longtime Penguin Sergei Gonchar to free agency, but upgraded their defensive corps by landing Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek. Their top four is solid, and the Pens want to keep their core together, but adding Kaberle at the right price would make this team a force in the East.