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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: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 5:05 pm

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

On 2nd look ... Corvo is more than organizational depth ... the guy acutally had 40 points last season, and 18 of those points were on the powerplay.    I'd just assumed hes was a scrub seeing as we only gave up a 4th round draft pick for him.    So I guess that means Kampfer is once again the injury callup with the Bruins now having 6 defensemen signed.   Corvo's price comes at $2.25 millon, basically $2 million less than Kabby for more goal production (11 goals last year) and still a decent assist total (29 assists) and may actually be BETTER than Kabby on the PP, which shouldn't be too hard.  Looks like the Bruins made out again!

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:53 pm

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

As for the Bruins ... Corvo just adds organizational depth and more than likely is sent to the minors.   The Bruins have Steven Kampfer waiting in the wings as well as Matt Bartkowski on the depth charts.   Kampfer played 38 games with the Bruins last year.  The #9 pick Hamilton is highly unlikely to see much time, if any at the NHL level given the depth the Bruins already have on defense.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:51 pm

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

This has been a crazy free agency.  I didn't think Kaberle could get 4.25 million per season for 3 years but the market has obviously changed considerably.  Then again I didn't think Wiz would get over 5 million per season..... and didn't think the Leafs would pay what they did for a center that wouldn't be a number 1 center on any team but theirs..... I also didn't think Jovanovski at 35 years old was worth 4 years and 18 million dollars..... crazy, crazy year. 

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:46 pm

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

Good riddence Kabby  ....  this guy IS NOT a great puck moving defensemen and actually made the Bruins powerplay WORSE when he arrived.   $12.75 millon per year is LAUGHABLE.    Kabby and his puck handling skills almost single handedly cost us the series against the Habs AND Tampa ... with boneheaded giveaways that lead to easy goals.   Add to this, the guy NEVER SHOOTS and plays about as soft as they come.  THANK GOD the Bruisn didn't resign this bum.    BUH-BYE ... don't let the door hit you on the butt on the way out.  

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