Report: Kaberle to Columbus a Possibility

Tomas Kaberle

According to a report by Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, it is possible Tomas Kaberle could be on his way to Columbus.

Reed says that the Blue Jackets have “kicked the tires” in regards to Kaberle, but unless the Maple Leafs lower their asking price of a top-six forward it is unlikely the veteran defenceman will land in Columbus. Reed says that he cannot see general manager Scott Howson giving a top-six forward for a defenceman who only has one year remaining on his contract at $4.25 million.

Kaberle, who has been rumored in trade talks for the last two years or so, scored seven goals and 42 assists last season in all 82 games. The 32-year-old native of Rakovnik, Czech Republic has played for the Maple Leafs his entire career, scoring 80 goals while adding 402 assists and posting a +/- rating of +27 in 820 regular-season games.

He has also appeared in 77 playoff games, scoring six goals with 22 assists.

Kaberle’s contract consists of a window in which the Maple Leafs can trade him between the 2010 draft and August 15th, meaning that Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has little time left to trade him.

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