Tomas Kaberle Trade Value
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03-01-2005, 11:31 PM
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Kaberle isn't an assest the Leafs have to hold onto, but I think he is tradable without hurting the teams future that much. Its just how Ferguson rates his prospects and whether or not he's willing to take the risk involved with moving Kaberle.
True he would be giving up a defenseman who can score between 40 and 50 points a season, but he has Colaiacovo and Bell on his AHL team both of whom have 20-30 point NHL upsides. Ian White is also a defenseman with very good offensive skill's and I would guess his offensive side is very close to Kaberles. If Ferguson likes the odds of these 3 prospects living up to their upsides and he is thinking about rebuilding this team with young talent, then moving Kaberle is not a big of a loss because he has 3 young, offensively talented defensemen coming up, one of which could produce similiar numbers to Kaberle. Moving him would also open up ice time for those young players and help them develop.
As for value, I think there a several teams out there would be very interested in Kaberle, ones that are on the younger side and looking for an offensive defenseman and/or a player with some NHL potential who can be a leader for their young defensemen. Teams like the Blue Jackets who have a very lack luster defense and a young player in Klesla who would benefit from playing with Kaberle. The Sharks who have a very strong group of defensive defensemen but could use a player like Kaberle to up its offensive output. If the Blues do lose Pronger they will start building their defense around Jackman, a great defensive player but he lacks some offensive punch. The Wild are really lacking an offensive blueliner. I think there are others, but I'll stop there. In return, I don't think it would be unreasonable for the Leafs to get a prospect and a first round pick for Kaberle. For the the trade to be a good one the Leafs would have to get the right prospect, make that draft pick count and get a player with it, and get a little lucky and have Colaiacovo, Bell and White reach their potential as NHL players.
It would be a risky move for Ferguson to make, but if thinks he can pull it all off it could pay off better for the team in the end.
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