The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have made a call into the NHL to register a trade for defenseman Tomas Kaberle, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Boston will exchange former first round draft pick Joe Colborne, a 2011 first round draft pick and a conditional draft pick for the 12-year veteran according to the Canadian sports network. Kaberle is in the last year of a five year contract, and the Bruins will be on the hook for $4.25 million of it. He will be a unrestricted free agent come the off-season.
Kaberle has played in 58 games for the Maple Leafs this season, and has 35 assists so far. Kaberle leaves the Maple Leafs as one of the highest scoring defenseman in the storied franchise's history.
Kaberle's trade gives the Bruins added strength on defense. This trade has been speculated about for several months, but with the Bruins blue line struggling for a few games, the move became more dire.
The Bruins lose Colborne, a center who had been playing in Providence for the last two seasons since leaving the University of Denver after just his sophomore year to join the franchise. Colborne played in 55 games with the AHL Bruins this season, amassing 26 points.