Leafs Surge on the road; and where might Kaberle end up?
As the Leafs bring their record to 4-1 in the last five, after 3-2 and 4-2 victories over the L.A Kings and San Jose Sharks Monday and Tuesday respectively, things seem to be looking up for the team in the short term. There are two main places where the Leafs have struggled this season; offense, and road wins. After last nights win, the Leafs have gathered 4 wins in their last 4, 3 of which were road games. During this stint, the offense has been surging, scoring 22 goals, allowing only 14.
The recent surge in the win column, and also in scoring, has put some of the Leafs trade chips at a lot higher value than expected earlier in the season. The one who again seems to be gathering the most attention yet again; Thomas Kaberle. Kaberle's contract expires at the end of this year, and would be a great addition to many teams that are searching for the playoffs. Kaberle has gotten 1 goal and 28 assists for 29 points, in 42 games, and is on pace for a 57 point season, .7 points a game is not bad for a defenceman with next to no production in front of him.
Some Eastern Conference teams that could use Kaberle:
- good young core of guys, could be the piece they need to help solidify a playoff berth down the stretch. Question is, would he want to stay? Probably not. Also, the Thrashers do not have much to give up.
New York Rangers:
- after moving Rosival, aren't very deep on the back end with proven D-men. The addition of Kaberle could bolster that significantly. Likely to resign... probably not. Anyone of interest to get back in the trade? Not too much that Rangers would be willing to move.
Some Western Conference teams that could use Kaberle are:
- although there is a good young core of defencemen in L.A, they could use the veteran presence of Kaberle on their blueline. Chances of him resigning aren't terrible... I can see Kaberle on the west coast. Only problem is, Leafs would expectedly want Schenn in return, and L.A is probably not going to move him.
- the Sharks are the place where I can most likely see Kaberle going to. They are hugely lacking on the back end, and they will probably be looking to deal for some defencemen at the deadline. Would he likely resign for SJS? Good chance. Anything to get in return? Setogouchi maybe?
Don't get me wrong, i'm a fan of Kaberle and would love to see him remain a Leaf. But if Burke finds the right deal that would benefit the team, I would also love to see him take it. The Leafs need to move their assets while they have value and can be moved. Even Kaberle is more of a rental player, expect there to a lot more talk about him as the deadline moves closer.
Should Kaberle remain in Toronto, it is likely he will resign.