The Trade Market For Tomas Kaberle

So Burke says he isn’t going anywhere, yet he says if he were offered the right thing Schenn would be gone. So, no one is untradebale. Interesting read in the Boston Globe today by one of the best writers in the business, Kevin Paul Dupont:

“In a like proposal, the Bruins would have to offer one of their top young forwards — David Krejci or Phil Kessel — and a first-round pick. An alternative deal would be, say, one of those forwards and one of two defensemen, either Matt Lashoff or Matt Hunwick. Not likely, but also not something that could be relegated to the theater of the absurb.

Kaberle is considered a rare commodity, a puck-moving defenseman, who is on the books for two more years at a relatively economical $4.25 million a year. Some of the game’s best puck-moving defensemen these days command at least 50 percent more money, including the likes of Chicago’s Brian Campbell ($7.14 million cap hit) and San Jose’s Dan Boyle ($6.67 million). Kaberle isn’t necessarily considered in their strata, but he is very good.”

The proposal he is referring to is the philly deal from last year. Is it me or would Burke jump all over either of the above mentioned offers for TK?

“The Bruins, owners of the NHL’s best record thus far in 2008-09, would have a better chance of winning the Cup with Kaberle. Given that those chances to win are few and fleeting, Chiarelli might be swayed to come up with a package for the lefthanded-shooting defenseman.

Kaberle broke a bone in his right hand at the end of January and has missed the last nine Toronto games. He is expected to be ready again by about the middle of next week, on or before the March 4 trade deadline.

A career Maple Leaf (730 games, 73-359-432), Kaberle was a very late pick (No. 204) in the 1996 entry draft. He turns 31 years old Monday, two days prior to the trade deadline.”

Here is hoping KPD is right and the Bruins ante up big for Kaberle. Trade deadline day would be a lot more fun if he were “in play”

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