Hurricanes sign Tomas Kaberle to 3-year deal
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed free-agent defenseman Tomas
Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.
The Hurricanes announced the signing Tuesday, shortly after they
traded defenseman Joe Corvo to Boston for a draft pick.
The 33-year-old Kaberle was dealt from Toronto to Boston at the
trading deadline and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. His
brother, Frantisek, was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006
Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford called Kaberle ”one of
the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL.” Bruins general manager
Peter Chiarelli said the team talked with Kaberle’s agent but they
couldn’t reach an agreement.
”We seized the opportunity,” Chiarelli said. ”We do wish
Tomas well. He provided us with something we greatly needed in the
Stanley Cup drive and he’s got a good contract with a good team
Kaberle had a combined four goals and 43 assists with the Maple
Leafs and Bruins during the regular season, and had another 11
assists during the playoffs. He joins Joni Pitkanen as Carolina
defensemen making at least $4 million this season.
Chiarelli said the Bruins felt strongly about pursuing Corvo,
who became available when the Hurricanes signed former Kaberle.
Corvo had 11 goals with 29 assists last season.
”This came as a surprise to me and a very pleasant surprise,”
Corvo said. ”I’m happy to come to a team that is coming off an
outstanding season and hasn’t made many changes at all.”