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by Paul on 02/18/11 at 12:14 PM ET
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
All signs are point to Tomas Kaberle becoming a Boston Bruin today.
This could change, either in a league trade call that has yet to take place between the Leafs and Bruins, or if the teams miscommunicate in the way they did back in June, 2009 when a deal involving Kaberle for Phil Kessel literally fell apart on the draft floor because Brian Burke and Peter Chiarelli believed they were talking about different deals.
Or, of course, the B’s might feel better about their prospects after pounding the Islanders last night.
But right now, it’s believed the Leafs would get Boston’s first round pick this June (not the second of two first rounders sent to the Bruins in the Kessel deal) and a prospect. Winger Blake Wheeler is apparently not in play, but the Leafs might be zeroing in on one of two good Boston prospects, Ontario junior Ryan Spooner or Providence centre Joe Colborne.
Update 2:28 PM: Per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, the trade is official.
Update 2:38 PM the CP confirms that the trade is official and AM 640 in Toronto reports that Brian Burke will hold a press conference today at 4:30 PM EST. Mirtle also has an article up on the Globe and Mail discussing the ramifications of the trade.
Update 2:50 PM: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Bruins hope to get Kaberle into their lineup tonight.
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