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Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 2:26 pm
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By Brian Stubits

This summer, the Carolina Hurricanes invested $4.25 million per season for three seasons on Tomas Kaberle, a lot of people around the NHL could only laugh, but obviously the 'Canes had faith.

Fast forward to December and the 'Canes have traded Kaberle to the Montreal Canadiens -- as first reported by Darren Dreger -- ending a very short-lived but painful era for the folks in Carolina and, presumably, Kaberle. In return, the Habs sent defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to Carolina.

“This deal brings a solid, veteran defenseman to our team for the remainder of this season and allows us more flexibility with our roster moving forward,” Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said. What he didn't say there was how happy he was he could find a taker for Kaberle.

That's a big burden off Carolina's back, $12.75 million over the next three years that the Canadiens are now on the hook for. Of course, Montreal is no stranger to bad contracts (ahem, Scott Gomez).

When discussing the deal that was signed this summer, Rutherford was about as honest as a GM can get, telling Chip Patterson of the News & Oberserver, "I should have known better." Ouch!

Meanwhile in Spacek, the 'Canes get a player making slightly less money ($3.83 million), and maybe more importantly get a contract that expires after this season.

In the end, you have to like this move from Carolina's perspective, don't you? The marriage of the two couldn't have been annulled quicker for 'Canes fans. To say that Kaberle has been a disappointment would be an understatement. In 29 games played, Kaberle is goal-less and has nine assists while sporting a hideous minus-12. One of his big responsibilities, moving the puck on the power play, hasn't been going swimmingly, either. The Hurricanes are 26th in the NHL in power play percentage.

So sending him out of town is a nice move for Carolina, regardless of what they net in return. Quite honestly, the return isn't all that much but another bad contract. Spacek, 37, has been limited to just 12 games this season and has just three points to speak of. Still, the deal doesn't seem bad for Carolina at all.

"I think that trade is good for me," Spacek was quoted by Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS. "I hope it will be a good one for the Hurricanes."

From a Montreal perspective, however, I'm left scratching my head a bit. What do the Habs stand to benefit from taking on my payroll for a longer commitment for a player that is, even nothing else, past his prime?

"There are no dangers, only opportunities," Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier said about the skepticism of landing Kaberle. No dangers? Really?

It should have been warning enough that this now makes four teams in the last calendar year for Kaberle having begun last season with the Maple Leafs before being traded to the Bruins and joining them for the Cup run. He then signed this offseason with the Hurricanes, who couldn't wait to undo the move.

I'm sure he'll be welcome with open arms by the Montreal faithful hoping the team can turn things around (where's that damn sarcasm font button?).

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Comments

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:48 am
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Jup Kaberle had one shot in the first and it wasnt even on the man-advantage. 4 shots or more were blocked. 



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

I couldn't see the game here, but I read that Kaberle took a shot! Write that down somewhere.



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Mr. Kaberle for sure didnt look good on that only goal but i take it anyways. still the pp was exactly awesome but he is able to hold the line and thats the huge difference between Plekanec and him.

so and now im start searching the damn sarcasm font button on this on-sided written article!    


  




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

I guess Kaberle read that too, he also got two assists this afternoon.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:34 am
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

chemic: Let's hope he does just that, because Spacek got assists on both goals in last night's game.



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:27 am
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Can't wait to see Coaches Corner tomorrow night.

agree but this isnt easy for Cherry and his Puppet. Kaberle could set up two PP-Goals by end of the first period and if this happend it would be a bit cheap to pull up an instant classic Habs-rant. he should better go with the "why did Rutherford waste his time with Kaberle while letting Erik Cole walk for nothing" segment. otherwise Cherry is most of the time a cheap guy so he will probably pull up and "Jim Rutherford for GM of the Year / Gauthier worst GM he has ever seen" stunt. Yup....cant wait for this!! 



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:22 am
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Horrible move for Montreal. No idea what Gauthier is thinking. Worse player, more money longer contract. Wonder if he wants to play poker?



Since: Jan 31, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Who says you can't undo mistakes? Jim Rutherford doesn't. Two good moves by the Canes in the past two weeks, still nowhere close to where they need to be to contend but at least they're making some moves in an attempt to improve. Not sure what the Habs are thinking they'll get with Kaberle. Maybe just doing it out of spite? Can't wait to see Coaches Corner tomorrow night.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Carolina is where players go when their careers are dead and/or dying. Kaberle will have a career re-birth in Montreal. I'm not happy with being on the hook for another 3 years though. I think it's time for upper management to re-evaluate Gauthier and even Martin for that matter. Markov still being out is why they did this. They're losing games because the PP can't keep up. Kaberle has to help. Go Habs Go!



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Good trade, he'll fit in with the Habs complete lack of commitment to defence.  The fans will really appreciate the subtlety of the just missed 'im body check and the wave the stick back and forth penalty kill technique.


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