It's official: Bruins acquire Kaberle from Leafs

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It's official: Bruins acquire Kaberle from Leafs

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

OTTAWA It took a long time -- they first began discussing this deal in 2009 -- but Tomas Kaberle will finally be wearing Black and Gold.The four-time All-Star defenseman and among the best NHL power play specialists of the post-lockout era with the third-most power play assists (157) in the NHL over the last six seasons behind Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby is on his way to Boston after the B's agreed to send former first-round pick Joe Colborne, Bostons 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional pick to the Leafs.
The conditional pick is a second-rounder in 2012, and the Leafs will receive the pick if the Bruins re-sign Kaberle or if they reach the Stanley Cup finals.
The team announced the trade Tuesday afternoon. Kaberle will be in the lineup for the Bruins Friday night in Ottawa, as will Chris Kelly, whom they acquired from the Senators earlier this week.
Nick Kypreos, an ex-NHL player who now works as an analyst for Rogers SportsNet in Canada, reported on Twitter that Kaberle told him "It was just time to move on" and that he's "excited at the chance to go to Boston."In a related move, the Bruins traded Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta. Center Rich Peverley, one of the players acquired from the Thrashers, will join the team Sunday; the other player, defenseman Boris Valabik, is being assigned to the Providence Bruins.
The Bruins had been trying to entice Brian Burke with 6-foot-5 winger Blake Wheeler or former first round pick Zach Hamill, but the Leafs GM zeroed in on the 6-foot-6 former University of Denver pivot Joe Colborne. In essence the Leafs get a player very similar in skill and size to Wheeler, but whom they'll be able to control at an affordable price for the next few years while filling Burkes desire for a big center in the middle of Torontos attack.It seems like a long way from the first aborted Phil KesselKaberle trade back at the 2009 draft in Montreal, but finally the Bs got their defenseman with a team holding many pieces for an extended playoff run. Kaberle is expected to be in uniform and with the team for Friday night's game against the Senators in Ottawa after skating for an hour at practice with the Maple Leafs on Friday morning.TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the entire Bruins package accuratelyfor Kaberle on Friday morning.

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Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
 

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.