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Tomas Kaberle to New Jersey: What's the Return?

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 09:  Lou Lamoriello speaks with the media at the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Photo Opportunity at the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 9, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Bleacher ReportContributor IJune 12, 2010

As most of you have probably read, or heard, the New York Post reported today that the New Jersey Devils are putting the push on to land Tomas Kaberle.

The report actually described Lamoriello and the Devils as the strongest suitors for the Leafs defenseman.

I take this report seriously for a few reasons:

  • Burke and Lamoriello have a history
  • The Devils are a great fit for Kaberle
  • Kaberle will remain in the East
  • Again, Burke and Lamoriello are pals
So if we're to take this seriously, what should the Leafs be expecting coming back? Or maybe an even better question is; what are the Devils offering?
From a personal standpoint, my main target would be Travis Zajac. With 67 points this past season, and a +33 and +22 respectively over the last two campaigns, it's tough to go wrong with a player like Zajac. He's also only 25 years old.
Burke will look for a first-round pick that the Devils don't have. They do, however, hold the No. 38 pick in the second round. Not too shabby.
New Jersey's top prospects at forward are Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, and Nick Palmieri. 
Josefson and Tedenby are both first-round picks from 2008 and 2009, respectively. Palmieri is a third-round pick from 2007.
While all three have impressed the New Jersey brass, Josefson is the one true center of the bunch: something the Leafs could use.
It will be very interesting to see if anything materializes here. But who knows how much this deal could escalate with Burke and Lamoriello negotiating.
Both general managers have pulled the two biggest deals of the regular season, maybe they want to kick off the summer with a boom.

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