Kaberle Report Correct, Defense Firesale, and More NHL Trade Rumors

John TaboneCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2011

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 18:  Tomas Kaberle #12 of the Boston Bruins skates in warmup before a game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on February 18, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Today was a big day in the NHL. Boston got even better and defenseman were traded left and right. Here's a summary of today's trades:


[BOS/TOR]Tomas Kaberle to Boston for Joe Colborne, BOS 2011 first round pick, and conditional 2011 second round pick

To start things off, I'd like to say that I was disturbed by the lack of respect for me and my articles in the comment section of my last article. As you can see, my report on Kaberle being traded was right.

Anyway, value-wise, the trade was perfect for both sides. Toronto got that top forward prospect they were looking for that will most probably be on the Maple Leafs soon. Although the Leafs did not get their own first round pick back, they got Boston's first round pick (will probably be from No. 20-30) and a conditional second round pick. Kaberle will hopefully help the Bruins make a nice run for the Cup, while Colborne and the first round pick will help the Leafs rebuild. 


[ATL/BOS]Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik to Boston for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart

Another solid trade for the Bruins. Peverely is very good two-way center who can play in all situations. After coming into his own in Atlanta, he began to slow down a bit as he has gotten less playing time. Valabik is a project to say the least, but is a monster on the blueline. Both can come in and replace Wheeler and Stuart while saving money.

Wheeler brings a nice physical game to Atlanta and adds to Atlanta's impressive crop of big bodies that can score. Expect Wheeler to get much more playing time on Atlanta. Stuart has had a rough season, but he adds a nice veteran presence on the blueline.


[TBL/STL]Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay for 2011 third round pick and Jeff Beukeboom

Tampa has always been somewhat weak on the blueline, and this trade makes the team even scarier. Brewer had suffered for injuries for most of his career in St. Louis and hasn't played consistently on a winning roster. Adding him to the surging Lightning will do nothing but benefit both him and the team.

St. Louis was looking to clear house and may be looking at a top pick this season with the recent hand injury to top goaltender Jaroslav Halak. They get a good defensive prospect and a third round pick for a good player that didn't fit on a young, rebuilding team.


[CAR/SJS]Derek Joslin and 2011 second round pick to Carolina for Ian White and future considerations

There were two separate deals, but I decided to put the two together as one happened because of the other. Ian White played very well on the Maple Leafs before being packaged to acquire Dion Phaneuf. Then he was traded to the Hurricanes for Anton Babchuk. Now he has played himself out of another job after failing to impress in Carolina. White has been a decent defenseman this season, but he is much better than that and he knows it. Maybe playing in San Jose will finally getting him going again.

Derek Joslin to the Canes pretty much makes sense since all he does is potentially fill White's spot for now. He's a decent defenseman, but he's nothing special.


[COL/OTT] Brian Elliott to Colorado for Craig Anderson

Ex-Av Craig Anderson had a marvelous season last year, but failed to do the following so far this year. He has even gone on personal leave to fix some problems, which presumably have affected his game. It makes sense for both teams, as Ottawa is looking to rebuild and Colorado is looking for a number one guy to come in and take the reigns at goal.


Trade Rumors


Habs looking to add offense?

Darren Dreger of TSN was on Team990 earlier and stated that the Habs are done dealing for defense and that they are now looking to bolster their offense. Steve Sullivan from Nashville for Andrei Kostitsyn has been a rumored deal. Another rumored deal has Dustin Penner from Edmonton going to Montreal for a first round pick and a prospect. More on this soon.


Ottawa Senators

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that Kuba, Neil, Campoli, and Kovalev may be on the way out of Ottawa soon. He also says that Phillips may stay, but if he goes, the following team are interested: Montreal, Vancouver, and San Jose.


Florida Pathers

The Miami Herald reports that center Stephen Weiss may or may not be leaving Florida this season.  The forward has stated that he wants to remain in Florida. However, management might find it fitting to move the talented center soon. Montreal, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles have all expressed at least some interest in Weiss. 


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