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NHL Trade Rumors Circle Tomas Kaberle, Boston Bruins

It looks like Tomas Kaberle is close to heading to the Boston Bruins. Yes, for really real.

He's the mobile defenseman the Bruins need and he's been courted by Peter Chiarelli for several years, and the Toronto Maple Leafs seem set on selling him while they still can. His contract expires at the end of the season.

Here's the always-plugged-in Darren Dreger of TSN.

Failing a complete meltdown - which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins - there's strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.

It's unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it's close and say the deal doesn't hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.

The Bruins will surely have to make another move to clear some cap space, since according to, they're currently only cap compliant thanks to the LTIR cushion. Their acquisition of Chris Kelly earlier this week led to speculation that they could trade another forward to make room for a defenseman like Kaberle. 

Considering it's doubtful that Tyler Seguin or David Krejci or any of the other forwards on the team that earn more than $4 million are on the move, the likely target seems to be Blake Wheeler. He earns $2.2 million a year against the cap and is a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Dreger mentioned his name as a possibility as well.

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