According to the Boston Globe, it appears as if the Bruins and Maple Leafs are closing in on a trade that would send defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Boston in exchange for the Bruins’ 1st round pick in 2011 along with top prospect Joe Colborne. However, the Bruins are very tight up to the cap and will need to shed some salary in order to make it work. Rumours indicate that the cap casualty could be impending UFA Mark Stuart or RFA Blake Wheeler. If completed, the trade would see Toronto add two excellent long-term assets into the organizational cupboard.
Combined with the recent additions of former 1st round selection Jake Gardiner and the two Flyers’ draft picks, Burke will have managed to significantly improve the team’s future outlook within a matter of weeks.
Prospect Joe Colborne would undoubtedly be the centerpiece of this deal coming back to the Maple Leafs. Colborne played on the same University of Denver team as Tyler Bozak back during the 2008-2009 season, which would have given the Leafs’ brass plenty of opportunity to scout the talented young forward. After two impressive seasons in the WCHA, including a point-a-game campaign in his last year, Colborne turned pro and headed off to Providence. Only just 21 years of age, he’s still a bit raw and will take perhaps another full season in the AHL before being ready for NHL action. The Calgary native was selected 16th overall by the Bruins in 2008, just one selection before Burke’s Ducks grabbed Minnesota defenseman Jake Gardiner.
Here’s what TSN insider Darren Dreger had to say about Colborne:
“He’s a skilled forward with 12 goals and 26 points in 55 games this season. But Colborne relies on his skill and his critics say he plays more like a 5’10 forward and seldom uses his size. However, because of his size and skill, he appears to be a perfect fit for the Maple Leafs, who would be confident – with some coaching and experience – that the 21-year-old will learn to use his body as an advantage.”