Maple Leafs deal D Kaberle to Bruins for prospect

Posted Feb. 18, 2011, at 3:19 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs sent defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins on Friday for prospect Joe Colborne and two draft picks.

Besides Colborne, a center taken in the first round in 2008, the Bruins gave up their first-round selection in 2011, as well as a conditional second-round pick.

To make room for Kaberle, the Bruins traded Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.

The 32-year-old Kaberle had spent his entire career with the Maple Leafs and was the only player remaining from the team’s last playoff season in 2004.

It was the third deal for the Maple Leafs in a little over a week. Francois Beauchemin was dealt to Anaheim on Feb. 9 for Joffrey Lupul and a prospect, and Kris Versteeg was sent to Philadelphia on Feb. 14 for first- and third-round picks in 2011.

The trade deadline is Feb. 28.

Peverley had 14 goals and 20 assists in 59 games for the Thrashers this season. Wheeler had 11 goals and 16 assists for Boston, and Stuart had five points in 31 games this season.

Colborne was assigned to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies after the trade.

Kaberle is in the final year of a contract that pays him $4.25 million and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Selected in the eighth round of the 1996 draft by Toronto, he appeared in just two AHL games before making the jump to the NHL. He’s represented the Czech Republic in three Olympics — winning bronze in 2006 — and leaves Toronto as the franchise’s second-highest scoring defenseman in history.

His 520 points (83 goals and 437 assists) trail only the 762 registered by Borje Salming.

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