Hurricanes trade Kaberle to Montreal for Spacek


    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — 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.

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    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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