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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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Comments

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:55 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. 

well it was the same thing with Wisniewski in Montreal, so holding the breath when a puck comes to these guys is familiar.

there is another upside on this move because Martin cant play anymore his "blame the unexperienced d# for the weak pp" card. now its put up or shut up-time and it looks like its the same goes for the Goat. there were some rumors back a couple of days about Molson who wants a major shakeup inside the team and i suggesting this is "panic move" from PG out of this conversation. those two guys now have their jobs on the line and this isnt really a bad situation.


  



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Kaberle is horrible .. he almost single handedly cost the Bruins the playoffs.  His play in the defensive end is an adventure every time he handles the puck and the guy plays like a wuss.   At $4.25 mill over this season and the next two, that contract is an albatross ... I laughed when the Canes signed him to it .. now i'm laughing even more that the Habs are stuck with him.   Good times! Laughing



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Four Quarters for a Dollar

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.

Carey Price has a weakness in shoot outs because
he goes to the ice too soon. Thank goodness he
did not have that weakness years ago in the
World Junior tournament. 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you Santa Merry Christmas Everyone

********

Mikey .. you're about as FICKLE as a fan can get.  When the Bruins got Corvo and the Canes got Kaberle, you were APPLAUDING this deal BIGTIME.    Now ... a short 4 months later you're thanking Santa for unloading him.  LOL   Here's a towel to wipe the eggnog off your face  Embarassed ... Merry Christmas ...  Hope you're enjoying your season ... Bwaaaa hahahaahahaaa    




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

He didn't work out for the Bruins either.  Or the Leafs (just ask the Leaf faithfull how many years they had to put up with this guy)  This is a baaad move for the Habs.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Nothing against the guy ... he just didn't work out for the 'Canes.  Perhaps it was the youth of the forwards he was trying to pass to, but in any case, the offensive side of his game just wasn't there, and that's not good for an offensive-minded defenseman.  Hope it works out for him far better than in Raleigh.  As for Spacek, even if he doesn't fit in well this year, at least he won't have to fit in next year.




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

LOL



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

good luck to spacek, thx for your excellent work in Montreal! Canes and Cam Ward will appreciate his excellent shot-blocking ability

as for Kaberle, despite his awful caphit, hopefully this turns out into to a Marc-Andere Bergeron or Wisniewski-kind of trade with a lot of upside in the man-advantage. my biggest fear is that he`s getting injury by the end of the month which is very likely in Montreal.

however at least the Goat did something instead of watching this mess!   




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

Kingston. Yes I'm a Canes fan. And this answered my Christmas wish



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Canadiens for Spacek

WOW, ya a very disappointing 29 games for our new pickup, kaberle... Welcome to the team Mr. Spacek, if nothing else... you cant do any worse and your cheaper!!!


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