Kaberle To the Bruins; How It Affects the Rangers

February 18, 2011, by

Tomas Kaberle has been traded to the Bruins. Leafs GM Brian Burke has done an excellent job in getting good value for his best asset. The Leafs obtained Boston’s 2011 first rounder, good center prospect Joe Colborne as well as a conditional pick. Given the fact Kaberle openly wanted to go to Boston – leaving Burke with minimal leverage – it’s a great deal for the Leafs who have moved a very good but one dimensional defenseman.

How does this affect the Rangers? It affects them in several ways. First of all it further still sets the price of this years deadline. While it also removes a possible temptation for Glen Sather to┬áremedy┬áthe power play with. Given what the Bruins gave up, a comparable price for the Rangers might have been Evgeny Grachev, their first round pick and an additional pick. At that price Rangers fans would have revolted so it’s nice to see the temptation to acquire Kaberle is gone.

On the negative side for the Rangers, it does strengthen a possible playoff opponent should they get there. A Bruins powerplay of Kaberle and Chara on the points could be lethal, so the Rangers would have to stay out of the box in that match up should it happen.

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  1. Dave says:

    About time. Now we can stop hearing about him.

  2. jurgenno88 says:

    The East just got a little more top heavy though. Not a bad thing for us, for another year or so.

    • Dave says:

      Funny enough, I don’t think many fans would have revolted. For some reason, people want Grachev gone. I never understood the logic.

      • Brian says:

        If the Rangers traded Grachev away in a deal like this I would have been pissed. So what if Grachev takes a little longer to develop – his combination of size and skill doesn’t grow on trees. I’m happy the Kaberle saga is over and the Rangers aren’t the ones taken in a rental. That seems like an excellent return for Kaberle. Hopefully more wins like last nights will allow Slats to stay the course.

        • jerry says:

          i think it was to much for him.glad we didnt do it.just stay the course and let the kids develop.how many of us thought these kids would do such a good job.mcdonagh is solid so far,suaer is a solid kid never makes mistakes,zuccs is coming along,step is the real deal,so just keep plugging them in and let them grow.

  3. Dave says:

    SJ made two trades, including acquiring Ian White from Carolina. Big trading day today.

  4. Dave says:

    To clear room for Kaberle, the Bruins traded Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. Great trade by Atlanta there.

  5. Fotiu is God says:

    Dude, as Baretta (well, Sammy Davis, Jr.) said, “Keep your eye on the sparrow.”


    Thrash add another D-man, which translates to Zach Bogosian now being in play.

    Thankfully we didn’t play Brian Burke’s game with regards to Kaberle. Nonetheless, if the price for the young Atlanta D-man with the cannon is Grachev, and/or a high draft choice, man I’m calling Rick Dudley.

    • Dave says:

      If Bogosian can be had for Grachev and/or a 2nd, I do it. If it’s a 1st, I would deal from someone lower on the prospect totem pole.

  6. Mikeyyyy says:

    Thank the hockey gods. I feel like the guy in starwars.

    Stay in target
    It’s too close
    Stay on target

    We are literally 1 to 2 pieces away from a legit cup run

    No we will not get those pieces via trade

    . With what we have and what’s in the system. I can already smell the molson in the cup.

  7. Dave says:

    Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay. Slats is sticking to his guns about not trading the youth.

  8. jurgenno88 says:

    I’m delighted the way this day has gone down. A lot of the rentals that we were linked to are gone.