No one had been popping up in trade rumors more over the past year than Tomas Kaberle, today Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke finally found a package that he liked, shipping the d-man to Boston for a 2011 first round pick, 2012 conditional second round pick and forward prospect Joe Colborne.
For the Bruins, giving up a first round pick for Kaberle's services for the rest of the year (he's a UFA after this season) was less of a risk for them than other teams. If you'll remember correctly, they still own the Leafs first round pick for 2011 from the Phil Kessel trade, which looks to be another top ten pick (after having No. 2 overall last year and taking Tyler Seguin). To make Kaberle fit under the cap however, the team had to part ways with promising forward Blake Wheeler moving him and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in a separate trade for Rich Peverley and prospect Boris Valabik. The Bruins apparently like their chances as Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick
is about the only person who could stand in the way of Tim Thomas winning the Vezina this season, he has just been absolutely incredible. Now, they have a blue line that boasts Zdeno Chara and Tomas Kaberle.
Toronto, meanwhile, continues a productive February in regards to shedding salary and building for their future. The team has shipped out Kris Versteeg, Francois Beauchemin and Tomas Kaberle in separate trades and has netted two first round picks, a second rounder, a third rounder, solid forward Joffrey Lupul and prospects Jake Gardiner and Colborne. You can always count on Brian Burke being active.