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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: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 7:38 am

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

I am not a Kaberle fan at all, but the more I think about it he is a slight upgrade to Corvo.  I still say Rutherford should have used that money to sign Erik Cole. 

But let me give the Bruins fans a hint at Joe Corvo.  He is a quitter period.

Go back to game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2009.  During an interview between period, Joe Corvo basically quit on national tv.  Saying he didn't see the hurricanes winning against this team.  It even stunned the interviewer, and the folks at Hockey central.  They were saying wow, he's just basically quit and given up.

I was estatic in 2010 when they traded him to Washington at the end of his contract.  But lo and behold the Hurricanes resigned him last season.  Once again, they have traded him, but I'm not really sure they upgraded.  His brother could play the PP but was terrible defensively and we ended up paying him to sit out 1 maybe 2 years when he was cut and no one picked him up.  Maybe we can trade him later this year for a decent player.

I will say this, 2012 we should have a hugh draft,  We have a stockpile of draft picks for 2012, hopefully it's a deep class. 

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:21 pm

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

Corvo's offensive numbers (11-29) are on a par with Kaberle (4-43) and neither is great defensively.  Corvo on a one year contract is a good deal for the B's.  They have Kampfer and other good defensemen in the system moving forward.

For the price defensemen are getting as FA's Corvo at these terms is a good move for the B's IMO.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:39 pm

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

Corvo at 2.2 a season is a terrible buy. He's being overpaid by a million bucks. By the same token Kaberle is being overpaid as well's basically a push.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:24 pm

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

??????Kaberle a bum????? You must of had no one else for the playoffs than,,,Averaged 100+ min per sweries a plus rating in all series....A super star no but a bum thats a streach.  Yes he dint shot much(just ask Don Cherry LMOA) but he was a pain in the but on other teams offense. Unless your on the top line couldnt ask for much more than that.  Could be worse he could have been a pylon on d (see leafs)

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:15 pm

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

He's gonna be a third pair defenseman with some PP duties in Boston.  I like Kaberle, but not at that number.  Corvo at 2.2 for one season is a much better option as the Bruins break Kampfer in to eventually fill that spot.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:35 pm

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

Carolina has lost Erik Cole and signs Kaberle. Boston won the Cup inspite of Kaberle. The guy was a No Show for Boston the past few months. Much like Versteeg was in Philly.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:32 pm

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

Kaberle gets Over-Paid once  again, Thank god the Bruins didnt go reaching to bring him back. This the guy would try to pass the puck in front of an open net......

Since: Jul 5, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:26 pm

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

As a Carolina fan, let me warn the Bruins and their fans not to be overly excited about acquiring Corvo. The guy is a decent skater when moving forward, but is totally lost in his defensive zone. He'll be out of position and unable to move players from in front of the net. I'm not sorry to see him go and will be happy if Kaberle has at least a little ability to defend.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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

Yes SEC I said per year .. meant $12.75 for 3 years .. and it's still LAUGHABLE at $4.25 per year.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 5:12 pm

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

The $12.75 million is the entire term of the contract, not the per year salary.

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