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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

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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Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:58 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

While I adon't see this as a completely bad move for Montreal, it seems kinda short sighted.

Fine, Kaberle has been known as a power play specialist throughout his career and Montreal does need to get the power play going if they intend to make the playoffs. So with Markov out for another month, it does make sense. However, Montreal need to lower it's payroll, not raise it.

With Subban and Price both being RFA's at the end of the season the team with need to open up it's wallet. Not to mention players like Eller, Nokelianen, Diaz and Emelin, all RFA's and Kostitsyn, Darche, Gorges and Campoli, all UFA's. The Habs will have alot of holes to fill at the end of the season, what they really need to be doing to dropping dead weight and high salaries. Can anyone say Scott Gomez????

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:11 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

SCPB here is what I said on the trade:

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. 
I said he was a slight upgrade on Corvo,  But I also said Corvo was a quitter.  So being a slight upgrade is not being overjoyed.  Then look at the second sentence.  Rutherford should have used the oney to sign Erik Cole. 

So I wasn't  happy with the trade, at that time, especially when we let Cole walk.  What happened today I like even is Spacek doesn't play a minute because we got rid of a long term problem

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:31 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

I'll tell you one thing, the fans won't put up with him if he doesn't play well. They won't just sit there politely, like Leafs fans. Ask Breeze-By how it is when you don't perform to expectations in Montreal. I thought acquiring Gomez was bad enough, but this will make the Habs a laughingstock. Not good enough to play for the Bruins, Leafs, and Canes? Send him to the Habs!

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:48 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

I don't understand what Montreal is thinking with this trade.  The Habs are taking another big salary that lasts another 2 years.  Kaberle is on the backside of his career and fading fast.  Good trade for the Canes, recognized they made a mistake and unloaded him.  At the end of the season they can use the money saved to sign a free agent.  LETS GO PENS!

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:37 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Mikey .. you were so happy you practically wet yourself.  You said he'd be an immediate improvement on your powerplay at the time.

WHOOPS ... now you're backtracking  LOL Embarassed


Did somebody say Wuss .. DING DONG ... Cindy is out again! Kiss

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:34 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

omg are they on crack....when did we start taking leaf leftovers...if everyone in hockey thinks he's bad then he probably is. better yet call up Kovalev and put him on D probably get same results.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:31 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

omg are they on crack....seriously. call up Kovalev and put him on defence he might do a better job..since when did we start taking leafs leftovers...better yet give me 1mill i'll play D, anything would have been better than him

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:10 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

His play in the defensive end is an adventure every time he handles the puck and the guy plays like a wuss.


Only a wuss would know when a player is playing like a wuss. 

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:44 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

SCPB - I was not happy when the Canes got Kabrele.  I said Corvo wasn't much of a defenseman but he'd give you points on the PP.  I was upset as Hell that Rutherford gave Kabrele 4.25 Million a year for 3 years when he could have kept Cole for 3.75 over 4 years.  I hated this move from the get go.  I didn't like his brother when he played with the Hurricanes and I don't like Tomas. 

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:59 pm

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Spacek for Kaberle, this is Gauthier shuffling deck
chairs on the Titanic. Markov's continued abscence
forced this trade.

The time may be ripe in Montreal to jettison the
last of the Gainey regime.

Well said my friend! This deal is a typical Gainey/Gauthier mess!!! Take a less usefull player at a higher salary. Wow I feel soooooo much better as a habs fan now! WTF??????

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