Boston Bruins Finish Trading Day by Sending Prospect, Draft Pick to Toronto Maple Leafs for Kaberle

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After clearing up cap space in their roster, the Boston Bruins made their second trade of the day on Friday, sending prospect Joe Colborne and a 2011 first-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

There is also a conditional pick involved in the deal; if Boston re-signs Kaberle or makes it to the Stanley Cup Finals this season, they will send their 2012 second-round pick to Toronto.

The 32-year-old defenseman has been mixed up in trade rumors with the B’s for the past several years. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has sought Kablerle out because of his label as a puck-handling defenseman.

Kaberle is the second-highest scoring defenseman in Toronto’s history.

“We felt that we needed a player like Tomas,” Chiarelli said during a press conference Friday afternoon. “A player with good vision, a good skater who can quarterback a power play, has played many games in the league. A very smart, heady player who can skate. ... It was an important piece for us to get, and obviously we had to pay a price.

"We felt the time was right with our team,” Chiarelli added. "So it's a strong message to our team and to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful."

The Bruins currently lead the Northeast division and are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 73 points.

Kaberle has notched 38 points of his own this season, which would place him first among Bruins defensemen and fifth among all Bruins.

He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, but it’s highly possible that he will re-sign with Boston.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie posted his opinion regarding the re-signing of Kaberle on his Twitter page this afternoon.

“I like odds of Kaberle re-signing in [Boston] but there hasn't been a single discussion yet. But [Boston] wanted him and he wanted them. Good start.”

Chiarelli also addressed this during his press conference.

“Of course there’s a chance that we won’t re-sign him, but I want to re-sign him. We want to re-sign him. I’ve had some brief discussions with Rick Curran, his agent, and nothing is forthcoming. Nothing will be forthcoming until after the season, but I’ve had a good history with Rick and the Orr hockey group. I think it would smooth sailing to sign him when it comes to that time. It’s an important part of this deal because we’re giving up significant assets.”

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