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Canes GM on signing Kaberle: “I should’ve known better”

Dec 9, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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You have to give Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford credit — he knows when he made a mistake.

After signing Tomas Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million deal this summer, he cashed in his chips and traded him to Montreal. In discussing the one-for-one deal for Jaroslav Spacek, Rutherford made it clear he was wrong.

“The bottom line in making this trade was on moving Tomas Kaberle’s contract,” Rutherford told Chip Alexander of Raleigh News & Observer.

As for signing Kaberle over the summer, Rutherford kept it simple: “I should’ve known better.”

So hey, Montreal… Enjoy that new albatross you’ve got coming your way.

  1. govtminion - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I’d love to see Kaberle’s face when he hears that line. “I should’ve known better”… I’m no big Rutherford fan normally, but… man, that’s colder than polar bear shit. Awesome 😀

  2. boston25rocketman - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Ahahahaha, this is amazing. I’m loving this for so many reasons!!

  3. acieu - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Great move GM did you just try and make the Montreal Canadiens look bad?

    • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      He doesn’t have to try.

  4. xxshookonexx - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Good deal for the bruins….. that Corvo for Kaberle trade…..wait, what? it wasn’t a trade….the Canes willingly signed Kaberle as a free agent?

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    If the Canes’ GM didn’t see how much of a defensive liability Kaberle has been throughout his career (especially the 2011 NHL playoffs), then he probably shouldn’t be a GM. It’s quite obvious what Kaberle is. These ‘experts’ sometimes make these transactions on wishful thinking rather than on reality.

    • pens919209 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      It must have been the old ‘change in scenery’ explanation… you know, “Maybe if he comes to our team, he’ll fit in better” or “We’ll use him in a way that better suits his talents.” That’s the only thing I can figure.

      Sometimes, a player just isn’t good no matter where he plays.

  6. pens919209 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I wonder what kind of dirt Rutherford has on Pierre Gauthier to have convinced him to make this deal. But I have to agree with the assessment that Montreal must be horribly desperate (and concerned about Markov’s long-term health) to have made this move.

  7. nhlbruins90 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    I have to give the guy credit for being honest. You don’t see that often. Hey, when you screw up, you screw up. We all do occasionally.

    Now, what’s Montreal’s excuse?

  8. drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    The camera in NJ is so far from the ice it’s like having bad seats.

  9. drillsetc - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Rutherford escapes the contract and Montreal is now burden with it. I don’t understand what the Canadiens were thinking.

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