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Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 5:13 pm

By Brian Stubits

Just yesterday we gave you a list of the best free agents still available, leading with Tomas Kaberle. That's the case no longer.

The Carolina Hurricanes -- not the Bruins, Rangers or other usual suspects -- announced Tuesday they have signed the defenseman to a three-year, $12.75 million contract. That's a cap hit of $4.25 million annually. At the same time, the team announced it has traded Joe Corvo to the Bruins in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

"Tomas is one of the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL and power-play specialist," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said. "He has had a good career and is now a Stanley Cup champion. We welcome him to Carolina and look forward to his contributions to the Hurricanes."

Kaberle is coming off a four-goal, 43-assist season with the Maple Leafs and Bruins, who showed tepid interest, but interest nonetheless, in retaining Kaberle's services. Instead, he heads to Carolina and becomes the second defenseman signed for more than $4 million annually in a week after Joni Pitkanen extended his stay with the 'Canes. So basically Kaberle strolls into Boston, wins the Stanley Cup, then bolts. Not bad if you ask me.

"We had some talks with Tomas and his agent," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "We weren't able to reach common ground [on term]. We do wish Tomas well."

Kaberle was much-maligned for his play in Boston, and he saw his ice time drop as the season and playoffs ran along. Boston's power play struggled all season, and his addition did little to fix the problem. But in Carolina he will have Pitkanen to lean on as both are good offensive players and puckmovers.

The addition of the 32-year-old Kaberle put Carolina above the league-mandated $48.3 million salary cap floor, according to, right up until they traded Corvo to the Bruins, putting them back under the floor.

The Bruins essentially end up trading Kaberle for Corvo to stay at six defensemen under contract and have more options in house.

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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:12 pm

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

Watched every game Kaberle played has a Bruin, by the time the Stanley Cup Finals rolled around I was praying they wouldn't dress him. He was/is horrendous. Can't skate, move the puck, stickhandle  or shoot. Have no idea what Chirrelli and Neely saw in him.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:42 pm

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

If Hamirlk is worth 3.5 million to Washington then Kaberle is well woth the 4.25 he's getting from Carolina.  He's easily a top 4 D with the potential to be great on the PP (Despite his performance with Boston)  Everyone is overpaying for free agents this year, I don't mind this deal for Carolina.  I would've hung onto Corvo though.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:39 pm

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

I'm just glad kabby is gone. Pretty much worthless during the playoffs.

Looked a the stats though....interesting. Corvo had more points than any other Bruins defenseman this past seasn, save for Chara, and only 4 less than him. Perhaps let's not pass judement on him before we seen him play?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:10 pm

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

they didnt overpay but this is a lateral move at best

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 2:53 pm

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

I'll take Corvo for ONE YEAR at $2.25 over Kaberle at $12.75 for THREE YEARS.  lol    And like I and other's have said, the B's have loads of talent waiting in the wings.   If Corvo doesn't work his butt off, Julien has shown a propensity for making players a healthy scratch and he won't hesitate with Corvo either .. that will certainly motivate him.   With Kampfer (who played 38 games last year for the B's), Matt Bartkowski (who also got some games in with the B's) ... both are capable 3rd line defensemen that could step in on a moments notice. 

If Corvo clicks, great .... if he doesn't ... it's buh-bye after ONE YEAR.   Canes are STUCK with Kabby for three years, and it sounds like they're going to be relying on him A LOT MORE than the Bruins will be with Corvo.

Thinks about this ... if Kabby was worth anything, don't you think the Leafs woulda tried to take him back?  Not so much as even a sniff .. Why?  Cuz they know he's not worth half of what the Canes' just paid for him.   The Bruins knew this as well, which is why they basically told him to look for other offers .. they certainly weren't getting duped into signing him for that kind of money and years.  LOL

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:55 pm

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

The Corvo trade isnt a big deal if he starts the season and the team doesnt like what it sees then we have 2 defensemen in the waiting with Kampfer and Hamilton, I think this trade was made more for security just in case they think want Kampfer and Hamilton play in Providence for a year. The bruins have alot of young players on there team and they have most signed for a while, This team is just gonna get better over the next few years. Im just glad im gonna be able to see it all......

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:47 am

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

spiral, - Good Luck, but once a quitter always a quitter.  It never fails and the problem with Quitters is they are like a cancer to a team. 

Joe asked to be traded because he had a hard time looking at a team that would have to fight and hustle to make the playoffs.  Something he wasn't willing to do for 82 games.  When he signed last season he stated Carolina was where he wanted to be because of the fans, the area and the direction of the team with it's young players.  Now he wants to leave because of those young players. 

Like I said once a quitter always a quitter. 

Good Luck to you too.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:09 am

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

Mickeyfan1599 I saw it too, however he now plays on the toughest team in the league and they'll put his locker right beside Big Z and you'll see a different player, or he'll have to deal with the locker room and the team president will sit down and have a little talk to him. 

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 7:44 am

Kaberle signs with 'Canes for 3 years, $12.75M

"Powerplay Specialist" thats a good one.... Sorry, Canes but you can have Kaberle thats a big cap hit for a mediocre defenseman IMO... It's painful to watch him on a powerplay... does the same thing over and over again and rarely shoots the puck when he should. Sounds like there isn't much of an upside to Corvo, but at least he doesn't hit the cap for much.. Good luck Cane Fans you'll need it with him...

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