BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins have finally gotten their man.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs agreed to a trade that sends defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Boston for Joe Colburne, the Bruins first round draft pick in 2011, and a conditional draft pick, the team announced Friday.

WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton goes 1-on-1 with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli about the moves.

Kaberle will join the Bruins in Ottawa Friday night, and will be available to suit against the Senators.

Kaberle spent 12 seasons with the Maple Leafs, and is the puck-moving defenseman the Bruins have long coveted. He led the Leafs with 35 assists this season, 22 on the power play.

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Kaberle will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Bruins also traded forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik, the team announced in a release.

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Wheeler departs after scoring 11 goals in 58 games in 2011. Stuart, a scrappy defender, had been a healthy scratch in eight of the last 11  games for the Bruins.

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Colborne was drafted 16th overall by the Bruins in 2008.

On Tuesday, Boston acquired center Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a second round draft pick.

Are you happy with the Bruins leading up to the NHL Trade deadline? Will these deals put them over the edge? Let us know what you think.

Comments (3)
  1. Chris Ross says:

    This trade is definitely an interesting one as the Bruins are getting someone who is a free agent at the end of the season, so essentially he is a rental player. I’m not a big fan of rental players because anything short of a stanley cup is a failure when you acquire a rental player so even though they have two 1st rounders we don’t know if giving away these prospects and draft picks could come back to haunt the Bruins. Kaberle is a very solid player, but the Leafs must have been happy to get a pretty solid package for him. I think the Leafs did a very good job with the trade and it could even be one of those win-win types of trades. But only time will tell I guess.

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