So I had a cyst removed from the top of my forehead today, and that didn’t give me as big a headache as all the Tweets, emails, blog posts and radio chatter about the Tomas Kaberle deal/non-deal to the Bruins that awaited me when I got out of the doc’s office.
For those of you who actually have a job during the day, here’s a quick recap of where we stand. As of this hour, Kaberle is not a Bruin.
TSN’s Darren Dreger was in the leadoff spot with this little bit in his “Dreger Report” this morning:
Failing a complete meltdown – which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins – there’s strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.
It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.
The dynamics of the trade haven’t been entirely worked out and sources indicate the Leafs are waiting for Boston to put the final pieces of the puzzle in place – a process which may take another day or two to finalize.
Cap space is somewhat of an issue for the Bruins – who are believed to be working on a secondary trade (not involving Toronto) to create some cap flexibility.
Over the course of the day, various outlets began reporting that the Bruins were going to complete the Kaberle trade for a player and a pick after dealing a player elsewhere for a pick.
This afternoon, the following Tweets were posted:
TSN’s Bob McKenzie wrote:
As to BOS radio report, my take, FWIW: 0 chance Kaberle deal today; Wheeler not part of it but likely to move elsewhere if Kaberle deal done
And then The Sporting News’ Craig Custance added this:
Told there’s no deal right now between Blackhawks and Mark Stuart. Didn’t even sound close.
And so now you’re up to date. To me, the Stuart move makes sense because obviously he has been the odd man out for the Bruins more than any other blueliner. He fits in with Chicago because they need help on the back end, have cap problems and can let Stuart, who will be UFA, walk in the summer.
Depending on the package that goes to Toronto, Kaberle is obviously an upgrade on Stuart in the top six. I suspect Adam McQuaid would then be the seventh defenseman. But if a roster forward is going to Toronto, the Bruins could then find themselves short of offense.
If I’m Toronto GM Brian Burke, I’m holding out until I can convicne Kaberle to OK a trade to Vancouver so I can take advantage of a Canucks team that’s down five defensemen right now.