With his rosy cheeks, Tomas Kaberle always looked like he'd just come in from tobogganing.

It was, undeniably, a Slavic face.

Funny how, after a dozen-plus years as a Toronto Maple Leaf, Kaberle seemed to have absorbed so little English. I suspect he could speak the lingo quite well, but it served his purpose to offer only butchered bits of twisted syntax in his non-native tongue: That usually kept the reporters away.

For the longest-serving Leaf — until Friday, when he was traded to Boston for forward Joe Colborne, a first-round draft pick and a conditional second-round pick in 2012 — he wasn't a guy anyone outside the dressing room came to know. If summoned by a scribe or microphone-jockey, Kaberle would do his duty and appear for questioning. But few of us ever managed to scratch beneath the surface.

Kind of like Mats Sundin that way, though the big Swede had no trouble talking. He just never revealed much.

Kaberle leaves as an enigma, remembered exclusively for what he did on the ice: 83 goals, 437 assists, second only to Borje Salming in points amassed by a Toronto rear-guard.