Losing Kaberle is going to hurt this club, there is no way around that fact. The presense he provides on the blueline for the Leafs has been evident for years. He is a top pairing offensive defensemen with a boatload of skill.
The intangibles he brings to the blueline that cannot be replaced within the organization, at least not yet.
People will talk about how this deal was needed, and it was. The road the Leafs are, the post season is a slim chance, but still a chance. Now with this deal, sending Kaberle to the Bruins, their already small post season dream, looks even smaller.
For the Bruins, this deal helps them in two ways.
First, they are getting a big piece for a potential cup run. Kabs is going to do wonders on the Bruins blueline and is going to add quite a bit of depth for them. With Kaberle on the second pairing, the B’s are going to be a threat at all times.
Secondly, the Leafs get worse, meaning they fall in the standings, meaning that pick the Bruin’s have gets better and better.
For the Leafs, get another first round pick in this coming entry draft, and a former first round pick in a 6’6 Joe Colborne. A player who relies on his skill, if he can learn to use his big frame in his game, he has the potential to be a top line center.
Its a big trade for both teams and in my opinion, a win for both teams, but the payoff for the Leafs will be later down the line as Colborne and the 1st rounder get developed further in their careers.