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04-15-2010, 12:00 AM
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As much as the Lightning would want to get away from that contract, I think they would want more in return than Kaberle who is in the final year of his contract. The Leafs don't exactly have a deep cupboard of prospects or draft picks to offer either.
Maybe Kaberle and the rights to Jonas Gustavsson who is a RFA, plus something else like Grabovski?
Leafs wouldn't be hurting at replacing Kaberle on D, and a back up would be easy to find behind Giggy and with Bozak emerging he would be the new #2 behind Vinnie in Toronto. Only thing in Grabovski is that the Lightning probably are taking as much salary on in return, although shed Kaberle's the following year and they could potentially flip him in another deal or a deadline deal to get a return on him.
Yeah, that sounds about right. Just to be clear, I never thought it would be Vinny straight up for Kaberle - just that those would be the centerpieces of a Toronto/Tampa deal involving Vinny.
Grabo is an Ok No. 2 Center (certainly good enough to play behind Stamkos), but he's not really good enough for any team's top line. And Kaberle would really help out the Lightning's defense.
Vinny for Grabo and Kaberle (and maybe Gustavsson) would make a lot of sense for T Bay, imo. And, if it's true that Kaberle doesn't want to play for Ron Wilson anymore, it makes sense for Toronto too.
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