It’s not uncommon for two teams to recognize the other’s problem, and, strike up an agreement.
“Let’s make a deal.”
That’s pretty much the consensus between the trade of Tomas Kabarle to the Montreal Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Here’s the breakdown:
Kabarle: 29 games, 0 goals, 9 assists, +2; 3 years at $12.75M (first year)
Spacek: 2 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, +1; 3 years at $11.5M (third year)
With the Hurricanes’ bench switch recently, it was only a matter of time they began looking at the talent not measuring up to their expectations.
From The Hockey News:
That the Hurricanes were so eager to rid themselves of Kaberle’s three-year, $12.75 million deal so soon after signing it should have raised a few red flags for Gauthier, but apparently it didn’t. In Spacek, the Hurricanes acquire a dependable, but injury-prone defenseman who makes about $400,000 less than Kaberle, but most importantly has an expiring contract.
That expiring contract will be key for the Hurricanes to move forward, so they can shop around for a big-ticket blue liner this offseason, while Spacek is just a plug, unless he can convince the boys upstairs he deserves to get a discounted offer.
Here’s what the Shutdown Line, a Carolina Hurricanes blog, wrote:
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to get anything in return for Kaberle given he was a healthy scratch only two weeks ago and a possible buyout candidate at the end of the year but Rutherford managed to find a GM who would actually trade for his contract…and give up an NHL-level player in return. You have to give him some marks for that as Rutherford knew the Kaberle signing was a mistake and trading him to free up roster space and cap room for next year was a great trade on his part.
Both raise valid questions about Kaberle’s power play productivity, but, it appears the Canadiens are going to look at him on their unit for special teams.
Right now, it appears the Hurricanes won this trade. But it’ll be brutal for Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford if Kabarle recaptures that spark he once had north of the border.