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Maple Leafs deal Colborne to Flames for fourth-round pick

Sep 29, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are figuring out how to cut down their roster, and they’ve made a trade to help that along.

The Leafs sent center Joe Colborne to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft. The pick can be upgraded to a third-round selection if certain conditions are met this season. Flames GM Jay Feaster had glowing words about his new player.

“As an organization we have had many discussions this past year about Joe, but never made an offer,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “With the opportunity to speak with Brian Burke and learn about Joe’s hockey sense and character from someone who had him as a player and knows him so well, it became clear to us that this is the type of young, big center we need. He fits in very well with our rebuild and provides size up the middle which we believe is critical going forward.”

With the Flames, Colborne will get the opportunity to jump right into things at center as that’s one of their big (many?) weaknesses. It was clear he wasn’t going to make Toronto’s roster and if they put him on waivers they likely would’ve lost him for nothing.

The obvious connection to make here is with new Flames director of hockey operations Brian Burke and Leafs GM Dave Nonis.

It was Burke as GM of the Leafs who acquired Colborne from the Boston Bruins in the Tomas Kaberle deal in 2011. Now he heads to his hometown of Calgary to be part of Burke’s team there as the two former co-workers teamed up to swing the deal.

  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Sad to see Joe go, but it solves the cap issue. Getting a pick beats losing him for nothing on waivers too.

    Should be a shoe in to make the Flames roster. He’ll get a lot more ice time in Calgary and it’s great he’ll get to play in front his hometown crowd.

  2. mpops86 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    He’s a bust, plain and simple.

    • TippySaysNo - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Thank you. People are acting like they traded away Reilly or Gardiner. “Welcome to the Flames – the place where castoffs come to play”

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Yeah but you gotta admit that Toronto is an extremely difficult place for young players to live up to expectations. I mean how many Leafs fans were down on Kadri before last season? Luke Schenn was essentially a bust in Toronto, but with a change of scenery he’s flourished.

        You can’t discount the fresh start aspect either… I mean Steve Mason was horrendous in Columbus, came to Philly and was stellar last season. He hasn’t been great this preseason but he was playing behind AHL, ECHL, and Junior players most of the time. Kyle Turris was considered somewhat of bust in Phoenix but is now an integral piece in Ottawa. It happens all the time. Colborne would’ve gotten what? 4th, maybe 3rd line minutes (if he had made the team) in Toronto? Now he gets a chance to challenge for meaningful minutes on a team without many legitimate NHL centers. I think it’s a good pickup.

      • withseidelinn - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        Schenn didn’t exactly flourish in Philly..

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Schenn wasn’t a bust. He was traded for JVR. Solid defensive player for a solid offensive one.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        No Schenn wasn’t a bust but the whole city of Torn Toronto was down on him bc he hadn’t becom Adam Foote. And I disagree, he has flourished. The Flyers D was an injury-riddled joke a season ago but Schenn was a stalwart. The guy was a beast, especially in the 2nd half of ghthe season. And Colborned has a lot of talent and he’ll finally get an opportunity in the top-9. And at what? 23? He’s got a good chance to be a quality contributor.

  3. oquintero99 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Let the Calgary Maple Leafs of Anaheim era begin

    • sunderlanding - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      What about the Canucks and the Whalers?

  4. channelguy - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    It’s disappointing that Colborne never developed in Toronto. He’s from Calgary, and he will get a lot more ice time there, so things may work out for him.

    The plus for the Leafs, in addition to the pick, is that Colborne played decently last year at the end, with Bozak being out — and he couldn’t make the roster at all this year. Means the talent overall has been upgraded, and that’s always a good thing.

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