Thread: Value of: what is Kaberle's trade value?
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05-16-2009, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by jfried View Post
Forget trying to look at past trades that have gone down.... no 2 players are the same and no 2 cap situations are the same. Kaberle's value has to be justified based on his value to the leafs.

Kaberle can be a #1 defenceman for us long term if RW knew how to use him. His play problably isn't on the way down because he's a defenceman who uses his brains instead of body like Lidstrom, he just had a terrible year. Considering that he has been a lifetime leaf, there's problably a good chance that we could extend his contract to create a lifetime deal (like 8 year contract or something) with a great cap hit.

However, the leafs have more pressing needs; being for an entire top line. In order to justify trading Kaberle, the Leafs need a young player or prospect with the potential to be our franchise forward and a pretty good likelyhood of at least being a 1st line player. In addition to that we need insurance in the form of a 2nd asset with high end potential to cover for the fact that the chances of actually reaching that potential are far from 100%.... this could come in the form of a sub-15ish first round pick or another prospect/player. Finally, it may make sense to take on a slight salary dump, but also a player who might be able to help us.

What this means in practicality....

If Philly wants Kaberle, its JvR + upgrade from our #45 pick to their #20 pick
If Columbus wants Kaberle, its Voracek or Filatov + upgrade from our #45 pick (& a another 2nd rounder) to their #15 pick
If Tampa wants Kaberle, its the 2nd overall.

#1 defenceman for #1 forward.... simple as that.
Leafs get way too much in all those deals. We dont get a former 2nd overall and and first for kaberle . Heck id take just JvR for him. The only trade that could work there is the tampa one, but the leafs would have to add the 7th overall to make it fair.

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