Joe Colborne Traded to Calgary Flames for 4th round pick

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Joe Colborne Traded
Joe Colborne Traded

6’6 Centerman Joe Colborne has been traded to the Calgary Flames for a 4th round pick in 2014.

Count this as Brian Burke‘s first move as GM of the Calgary Flames President of the Calgary Flames.

Colborne was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and in 2011 was traded to Toronto along with a 1st round pick in 2011 (Tyler Biggs) and a conditional 2nd round pick in exchange for Tomas Kaberle. The Leafs parlayed that 2nd round pick into John-Michael Liles (who ties back into this, if you keep reading).

Colborne signed a one-way $600,000 contract with the Leafs in the summertime. With his waiver eligibility now a factor, Colborne was nearing a fork in the road in terms of time with the Leafs. Leafs brain trust was expecting it all to begin to come together for Big Joe this season after he finished up last season with the Leafs during their playoff run.

Colborne has had a myriad of injuries that stunted his growth at the NHL level. Certainly impacting two years of his development was his battle with wrist injuries and lingering effects thereafter. The other side to Colborne’s inability to crack the pro roster was an inconsistent game. Colborne seemed to introduce an element of added speed over the summer and came into camp a little bit quicker. Perhaps still struggling to process the game at an NHL level, it didn’t seem to translate into him making much of an impact.

It’s a shame we won’t get to see it through and find out if Colborne can piece together all the tools at his disposal in a Leaf sweater. For obvious reasons, the return is a pittance. Perhaps Colborne could have stuck around a little longer with the luxury of cap space, but there’s little doubt it was eventually stick or goodbye for Colborne this fall.

This may be indicative of a decision to keep Morgan Rielly with the big club and instead shed Colborne’s contract, along with $925,000 of Liles’, Holzer’s and one of Smith or Ashton’s, to become cap compliant before Monday’s deadline.

On episode two of the MLHS Hangout, Gus Katsaros argued that Colborne might find more success on the wing at the NHL level:

[pull_quote_center]Colborne, while they are still using him as a centre, I feel is probably end up a little bit more productive on the wing. I don’t mean statistically productive, I mean as far as an on-ice product. The one thing I felt about Colborne – when he first came to the Maple Leafs, he was a much better slot and net presence; he played crease-to-crease, he knew where to be as a centre. Last year, after his injury, there as a dynamic change in the way that he approached the game—he became a perimeter player. A perimeter player is not a problem, if you are going to be playing the wing, because he does have the distribution ability, and vision to make plays into the center of the ice. However, they seem to want to move him into centre, and I just don’t feel he’s excelling at this point. When you watch him on the Marlies, you see he does most of his work from that perimeter.

If he is going to be a perimeter player, use him on the wing.[/pull_quote_center]

There’s little doubt Colborne was of some value to the Leafs still, a value which is not reflected in this trade. If any of the Leafs’ top 4 centers of Bozak, Kadri, Bolland and McClement go down to injury, who is ready to jump into the lineup at center?

  • Eye of the Tiger

    Colborne traded to Calgary for 4th round pick 2014

  • Bring the Cup Home

    man, wasn’t it supposed to be colborne and liles?  i’d of taken a 7th rounder for that.  but a 4th rounder (3rd at best) for colborne?  you’d think we could have gotten a 2nd out of them.

  • Cameron19

    Hope there is more coming.  Liles on waivers to be claimed by the Flames, perhaps?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    So colborne is worth the same as brown?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Disappointing

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    I wished the Leafs got more for Colborne

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    but then again Leafs might have gotten nothign had he gone tru waivers.

  • Bring the Cup Home

    hearing the interview with weiss during the 2nd intermission makes me want the leafs to develop rielly slower and send him down.  if he can do 6 or 7 games with the big club then go down, light up the world juniors and hopefully join the marlies for a playoff run, that’d be a great year for him and he’d come to camp next year ready to play.  
    i’d sense that at some point the leafs will parlay some of their great young D into a sizeable trade.  if rielly proves to be a better version of what gardiner brings, nonis may very well move gardiner at some point.  we won’t be able to pay rielly, phaneuf, gardiner, franson for the long term.  they may all well be $6+ million D-men in a few years.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Colborne is going to get more opportunities in Calgary. Flames got a very nice return.

  • mcloki

    So long Joe. Better luck out West.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Burke influenced move for sure

  • LeafsGuru

    Looks like Ashton won the job glad to hear, let’s face it Ashton wanted it more. Happy we didn’t lose Joe for nothing.

  • DykesJeffdykes

    LeafsNews shouldn’t we have gotten a little more ?send liles thier to and atleast get a second round pick

  • Cameron19

    Ze_theLeafsFan At this segment of the year, yes.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Well at least the leafs have a little under 4 hundred thou in cap space. 😉

  • Bruce Gamble

    So Joe comes home to southern Alberta. He was born and raised in Springbank, just west of Calgary. His family and friends will be thrilled with this trade. I wish you all the best Joe! And, welcome home!

  • Loric76

    Ze_theLeafsFan Brown can play in the NHL.  Aside from an abnormal showing in the playoffs, Colborne showed that he couldn’t.  Hard to accept, but it was this or nothing – they waive him and he’s gone for free.  At least they got something.

  • Thedoor29

    funny i thought bc of waivers he was going to stay around. wouldve come in handy. really liked his cycle game this yr especially. wouldve liked to see a jvr jc dc cycle clinic oh well.gl in calgary

  • Guest16

    @DykesJeffdykes LeafsNews No way Liles goes to Calgary

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    I am ok with trading Colborne, and I actually thought he was going to be gone for sure. He hasn’t been impressive during camp, but i had hope he would be given a better chance or at least get a better return than a 4th. O well at least we didn’t get anything if we put him tru waivers.

  • Cameron19

    Now if Nonis can do the same with Holzer, and get someone to take Liles, we’re made.

  • LeafsGuru

    A better chance didn’t he play on the first line and come up empty durning the pre season? I think he was given the chance just make the team and he failed! Not just now but last year to, it’s time to move on.

  • Guest16

    @DykesJeffdykes LeafsNewsWith all the talk of Calgary possibly having interest in Liles, really
    the only way they would bring him in is if they dump Russell….They
    have Brodie who is already a top 4 if not the number 3 guy with the
    Flames, a developing offensive dynamic guy, amazing skater with an above
    average stick and head for the game, will have an A in the near future
    (2-3 years)…Wideman is signed for another three years after this year
    and is a solid first line pp option, great first pass guy…. and then
    they have their captain Gio who at times can be sketchy as a 2 way dman
    but overall a solid top four guy…They picked up Russell, as that
    complimentary guy on the cheap and has seemed to worked well “so far”
    with Wideman…What they’re really lacking is a bonafide shutdown guy to
    play with O’Brien so unless a move or two is made in Calgary I wouldn’t
    look to them as an option for Liles

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Cameron19 I doubt Liles gets moved.

  • Cameron19

    Ze_theLeafsFan Cameron19 I know…

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Leafs keeping Liles for the NHL quality defence depth… shedding Colborne, Holzer I guess.
    I expect Smith to stay over Ashton

  • Cameron19

    Bring the Cup Home There’s a real disconnect there though.  When Detroit decides to develop players for a long time, it’s not because they just force them to develop forever out of choice – it’s because they’re not talented enough to make the NHL earlier.  The Red Wings never have the likes of Rielly or Huberdeau or a young Weiss, that could crack the NHL out of junior. Their prospect roster is over-run with D’Amigo types.  Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that, of course it appears they’re “being patient”, but the reality is they have a far different situation than bottom-feeders like Florida.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Alec Brownscombe would be hard to trade his salary too. Most teams don’t have either the space or money. Holzer has a lower salary and term so I can see him being traded.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Alec Brownscombe Probably won’t get much return anyways for Holzer. In terms of Liles, if he has a good year we can trade him for better value when the cap goes up

  • Guest16

    Ze_theLeafsFan Alec Brownscombe the question is, is it worth keeping Liles as the 7th guy and his cap hit as a depth option or dumping him off trade/marlies and giving Rielly the 9 games for the experience…I’d imagine if it’s a tight decision with management, this will be crossing their mind…especially with the emergence of the other emerging D

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    @Guest16 Ze_theLeafsFan Alec Brownscombe with their cap situation, they don’t really have many options lol

  • Guest16

    Ze_theLeafsFan Alec Brownscombe true but if they feel someone is ready for the next step, they’ll make it happen…It makes sense to move Liles if they can obviously but she’s gonna be tough

  • wendelsway1

    Gonna big a long night for Nonis and Company……eleventh hour….some tough decisions to be made.

  • Guest16

    Ze_theLeafsFan Alec Brownscombe And Holzer would be easier to swallow losing him to waivers, not much experience in the show so I highly doubt there’s a market for him

  • Cameron19

    Hope Nonis wasn’t texting all night to get a measly 4th round pick…

  • Guest16

    Cameron19 cap space is all he’s worried about

  • TuckerForPunishment

    wendelsway1 I’ll be here first thing in the morning to see whats gonna shake.  Definitely gonna be a day with lots to discuss for us here at MLHS.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 Picks do we now have for next year?

  • loomx

    Cameron19 Holzer+Liles(750k retained salary) to Colorado for a 3rd. Sadly, retaining salary is probably the only way he gets moved.

  • KurtWhite

    if colborne was taken outside the first round no one would care right now

  • loomx

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 We have our 1st, maybe a 2nd(Nonis can choose whether it’s this year’s 2nd that goes to LA as part of the Bernier deal or next year’s), our 3rd, two 4ths(from Brown and Colborne deals), our 5th, 6th, and two sevenths.

  • wendelsway1

    TuckerForPunishment wendelsway1 Yeah me too……we’ll definitely have lots to talk about…..and on that note…..Goodnight All.  :)

  • Komas Taberle

    KurtWhite So much for Boston’s drafting eh?

  • Komas Taberle

    Gilbey93 Actualy 89 th because 1st round will only have 29 picks

  • GreekGod

    Apparently the fourth pick from Calgary could turn into a third if Colborne scores 10 goals, or reaches 35 points or if Calgary makes the playoffs this season… According to Augello

  • LeafsGuru

    So a 4th it is….

  • TuckerForPunishment

    loomx TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 Thanks

  • loomx

    GreekGod 10 goals or 35 points AND Calgary makes the playoffs.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    loomx GreekGod I would say hell freezes over before that ever happens but I live in Edmonton now and hell has frozen over the past 7 winters.

  • Tim Horton

    https://twitter.com/odognine2https://twitter.com/odognine2/status/384185232133324800
    Break down the Colborne trade as you wish. Acquisition of Bolland was end of the line. Super kid. Will dominate at Cowboys.
    – 
    So Bolland acquisition made both Grabo and Colborne expendable, the guy better be good.