Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 09/29/13 at 12:11 AM ET
The player who was once the "x factor" in the Phil Kessel trade just got shuffled out of Toronto, per the Maple Leafs:
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded centreman Joe Colborne tonight to the Flames in exchange for Calgary’s own fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The pick can be upgraded to a third-round pick in 2014 if certain conditions are met in the upcoming season.
And the Flames...
The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired centre Joe Colborne from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Calgary’s fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
"As an organization we have had many discussions this past year about Joe, but never made an offer,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “With the opportunity to speak with Brian Burke and learn about Joe's hockey sense and character from someone who had him as a player and knows him so well, it became clear to us that this is the type of young, big centre we need. He fits in very well with our rebuild and provides size up the middle which we believe is critical going forward. The fact that he is from Calgary is an added bonus. We look forward to welcoming him to the Flames family."
Colborne, a native of Calgary, Alberta, was originally drafted in the first round (16th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins. Last season Colborne scored 14 goals and added 28 assists for 42 points in 65 games for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League in addition to playing five games with the Maple Leafs.
JOE COLBORNE – CENTRE
BORN: Calgary, AB DATE: January 30, 1990
HEIGHT: 6’5” WEIGHT: 213 lbs.
DRAFTED: BOS - 1st round, 16th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
ACQUIRED: Trade from Toronto in exchange for Calgary’s fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on September 28, 2013.
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