Bruins offer Kessel and draft pick to Leafs for Kaberle

Bob McKenzie

6/26/2009 11:52:44 AM

The Boston Bruins are in pursuit of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

Sources tell TSN the Bruins have offered restricted free agent forward Phil Kessel and a draft pick to Toronto in exchange for the Leaf blueliner.

The pick that Boston is offering is not their first rounder in this year's draft.

The Leafs are apparently canvassing the league to see if there are any better offers out there.

Kessel, taken fifth overall by the Bruins in 2006, scored 36 goals and 60 points last season, his third campaign in the NHL. With restricted free agent David Krejci signed to a long-term deal and the team pushed up against next year's salary cap, general manager Peter Chiarelli was rumoured to be shopping the young scorer.

Kaberle completed his 10th season with the Maple Leafs in 2008-09 and has two years left on his contract worth $4.25 million a season. While he has a no-trade clause, Kaberle's contract allows him to be dealt during a small window in the offseason that opens with the commencement of the draft tonight.

Details to follow.