Hurricanes trade Tomas Kaberle

Updated: December 9, 2011, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.

The Hurricanes announced the deal Friday, a few hours before their game at Winnipeg.

Carolina signed Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million contract in July hoping a reunion with Paul Maurice -- who coached him in Toronto -- would help improve the Hurricanes' defense and strengthen their power play.

Instead, Kaberle had no goals and nine assists in 29 games with Carolina and was a minus-12. Maurice was fired last week.

The 37-year-old Spacek had three assists in 12 games with Montreal and was a plus-2 before he was placed on injured reserve last month with an upper-body injury. The veteran Czech can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.


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