The Chicago Blackhawks are sending forward Kris Versteeg to Toronto in a five-player deal. He had 44 points in 79 regular-season games last season. Versteeg added 14 points in the post-season for the Stanley Cup champions. The Maple Leafs give up forwards Viktor Stalberg , Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis in the deal. Toronto also gets the rights to left-winger Bill Sweatt .
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As much as Burke loves Kaberle, and Kaberle loves the Leafs, all signs point to a trade
For public consumption anyway, it has been well over a year of mutual admiration and asserting that there is no need for the relationship to end.
Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has professed his love for all things Toronto — save the losing.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has professed his love for all things Kaberle — save the fact that trading him might bring some desperate scoring help.
The Maple Leafs will be front and centre on Thursday when free agency opens up.
“We will be active,” said GM Brian Burke. “I expect plenty of activity despite a shrinking talent pool.”
But who will be a Leaf? If he lasts until then, no question Burke would love to land defenceman Dan Hamhuis, giving him the freedom to deal a blue-liner or two for a top-six forward.
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