TSN.CA reports the Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So who said Kaberle was untradeable because of his poor performance and expensive contract? Oh, yeah, me…Hey, I have no problem admitting I was wrong on Kaberle’s trade value. Just goes to show how desperation can cloud the good judgement of a general manager.
So, what to say? The Habs evidently feel they need experienced help on the blueline, Spacek is seemingly on his last legs, which could potentially be said about Andrei Markov, who continues to struggle through rehabbing a bothersome knee injury. Salary-wise, this makes little sense, as Kaberle has two more years at $4.25 million per season, while Spacek is a UFA next summer. But, if it appears Markov will be shutting it down this season, and remains questionable for the next two seasons, then Kaberle becomes a better option, as far as being a serviceable NHL defenseman.
That being said, Kaberle had better regain the form that, in the not too distant past, made him a valuable part of the Maple Leaf defense. Otherwise, this will go down as yet another expensive flop for the Canadiens, as well as the possible nail in the coffin for GM Pierre Gauthier.
As for the Hurricanes, let’s just say GM Jim Rutherford is happy to be rid of his mistake, and move on, shall we?