Thursday, February 26, 2009

Colborne for Cole: Pass or Fail?

Less than a week to go until the trade deadline... time to start sifting through the rumors and see what sticks.

We've known for nearly a month that the Bruins have a serious interest in Erik Cole. Oilers scout Dave Semenko has been spotted at numerous Bruins games, which lends this rumor a bit of weight. According to the rumor mill, the Oilers will want either Vladimir Sobotka, Matt Hunwick or Matt Lashoff in return for Cole. However, the Oilers are already loaded with defensemen and to be honest Sobotka is a borderline NHL'er and not much help in a rebuild.

The name that is beginning to emerge is that of Joe Colborne, the Bruins' first-round pick (#16 overall) in the 2008 draft.

So the hypothetical trade would be:

Erik Cole
6'2", 205lb, age 30
144g, 161a, 205p, 469 PIM, +9 in 478 career games


Joe Colborne
6'5", 195lb, age 19
6g, 15a, 21p in 27 games for Denver (NCAA)

Pass or Fail?

My take: Colborne is a steep price to pay for a rental player. But with the stars aligning for a long playoff run this season, Cole could be a difference-maker for the Bruins. Imagine a Cole-Savard-Kessel first line, and a Lucic-Bergeron-Kobasew third line in the third or fourth round.

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