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Habs and Canes swap D-Men

“Tomas Kaberle better pick up his game or he won’t be in Carolina long.” -Canes GM Jim Rutherford November 30th, 2011

I guess we have to give Rutherford credit for sticking to his word as the Hurricanes sent him Montreal in a deal today for Jaroslav Spacek.

For a guy who was involved in trade rumours for decades in Toronto (Ok, not decades but it certainly felt like it) , he has moved around a lot lately. Within a span of just under 10 months, he has been traded twice, signed 3 year 12.7 million dollar deal, oh and won a Stanley Cup in there too. In his very short tenure in Carolina (29 games) , he has 0 goals and 9 assists.

With Andrei Markov injured (stop the presses, Markov injured?? You must be kidding), Kaberle will probably get a lot of power play time. The Habs could use the help too seeing as they have the 28th ranked PP in the league.

Coming the other way is Jaroslav Spacek.  He hasn’t played since November 12th becasue of an upper-body injury. He may be back soon though as he has been cleared for contact. When he did play, he had three assists in 12 games.