The Bruins have acquired Tomas Kaberle from Toronto for Joe Colborne, their 2011 first round pick, and a conditional pick in 2012. The conditional draft pick will be a second rounder if Kaberle resigns in Boston or if the Bruins make it to the finals. In the end this deal could turn out to be two firsts (Colborne 15th overall in 2008) and a second for Kaberle, which seems like a vast overpayment for a defenseman like Kaberle.
The Bruins have also landed Rich Peverly and Boris Valabik from Atlanta for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. Peverly is under contract at $1.325 million for this season and next. Peverly can play wing and center and is an upgrade over Wheeler both offensively and defensively. Valabik is under contract this year at a $762,500 cap hit. He is a restricted free agent next season. Taking a shot on the 6’7” 245 lb defenseman is a good risk to take. He will report to Providence. The Bruins win big in the Atlanta deal.
Now the question is what happens on that third line? Does Tyler Seguin find himself watching from the press box again, sitting in favor of Daniel Paille? Does Julien bump Horton down to the fourth line? Here’s a potential look: