Friday, February 18, 2011

NEXT STOP: BOSTON

Tomas Kaberle waived his NTC, and waved goodbye to Toronto
After over 2 years of trade rumours the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins in exchange for prospect centre Joe Colborne, the Bruins' first round pick in 2011 and a conditional second round draft pick.

Kaberle will be missed on and off the ice. He is the second-highest scoring defenceman in team history behind Borje Salming with 83 goals and 437 assists in 878 games. He was always a great guy in the dressing room over his 13 years as a Maple Leaf and always showed up to play competitively.

Colborne, 21, is currently playing in his first professional season in the AHL. He was third in goals with 12 for the Providence Bruins and tied for third in team scoring this season with 26 points. Colborne is rated an 8.0C on Hockey Futures - meaning he has the potential to be a first line forward.

He is 6"5 and is more of a playmaker then a scorer, but can still dangle. Leaf fans might see him saucering passes over to Phil Kessel before this season is over. Colborne was drafted in 2008 by the Bruins with the 16th overall pick. The Leafs now have 3 players who were drafted in the
2008 NHL Entry Draft 1st round. Luke Schenn was taken 5th overall, Colborne at 16th and newly traded for, Jake Gardiner, was taken 17th overall.

The Maple Leafs went from having zero 1st round picks a week ago and now they have two. Let's hope the Leafs keep moving up the standings and finish well out of the lottery draft and that the Bruins and Flyers both go on a nice losing streak to finish the year.

3 comments:

  1. Colborne is going to be atleast a 2nd line player. Excited for the young players coming up.

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  2. I miss Kabby already :(

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  3. With Kaberle gone I hope that doesn't mean more Brett Lebda..eeek

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