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Montreal acquires Tomas Kaberle to fix their Markov problem

Dec 9, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens are desperate to fix their power play. How desperate? Well, they just traded for Tomas Kaberle. So pretty desperate.

In return for the struggling puck-moving defenseman, the Habs sent defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to Carolina. The hope for Montreal is that Kaberle can spark the league’s 28th-ranked power play, one that’s converting at just 11.4 percent. The move might also signal the level of confidence Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier has in the health of his injured defensive leader, Andrei Markov.

This isn’t the first time Kaberle’s been acquired to help a pitiful power play. The Boston Bruins picked up the 33-year-old last February and he…didn’t help their power play very much at all.

Meanwhile, Spacek heads to Carolina to give the Hurricanes a contract that expires at the end of the season (worth $3.833 million against the cap), allowing GM Jim Rutherford to escape the mistake he made in signing Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million deal over the summer.

  1. drewsylvania - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Acquiring Kaberle doesn’t “fix” anything other than their favorable salary cap status for next year.

  2. govtminion - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    No idea what changed after he left Toronto, but this guy’s play during the stretch for Boston and so far this year aren’t even AHL-level. VERY disappointing.

  3. xxshookonexx - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Montreal must be in need of a defenseman who can turn the puck over in his own zone, avoids contact at all costs and never shoot the puck on net

    • govtminion - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Well, Markov DID suffer a setback, so I guess that position is still open, yeah.

  4. revansrevenant - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    What is in the water in MTL, that the GM would think that this guy is going to HELP their PP?

    • danphipps01 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:46 AM

      You’re referring to the team that willingly traded for Scott Gomez.


      I believe I’ve said enough.

  5. pastabelly - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    They fixed their Markov problem and now have a Kaberle problem.

  6. superross - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I’m pissed! As Canadiens fans we should boycott the team until ownership cleans up this mess. Get a real GM and a decent post lock out coach! I’m out!

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