The Bruins have attempted to acquire Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle in the past — most famously at last June’s draft, where a deal involving Phil Kessel fell through — and it looks like Kaberle and the Maple Leafs are headed toward a divorce, finally, this summer.
According to Steve Simmons of The Sun, Kaberle hates playing for head coach Ron Wilson. And after the Leafs’ loss to Atlanta Tuesday night, Wilson took the opportunity to take potshots at Kaberle and fellow veteran blueliner Francois Beauchemin for their poor plus/minus ratings.
(Kaberle today played down the rumors of his displeasure, but let’s face it — what else is he going to say?)
Obviously, fitting Kaberle under the Bruins’ cap would require some maneuvering. Or it could mean the Bruins bit the bullet and farm out the hefty salaries of Dennis Wideman and/or Michael Ryder. The fact that Kaberle will be in the last year of his deal should not scare Boston off because a puck-mover of his caliber doesn’t become available too often and sooner or later the Bruins, and general manager Peter Chiarelli, have to start rolling the dice in order to win now rather than build for the future.