VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Tomas Kaberle #12 of the Boston Bruins celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tomas Kaberle Signs With Hurricanes For Three Years, $12.75 Million; Carolina Trades Joe Corvo To Boston

Tomas Kaberle has signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. Who replaces the free agent defenseman in Boston? Well, Joe Corvo's been traded from the 'Canes to the Bruins.

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Tomas Kaberle Signs With Hurricanes For Three Years, $12.75 Million; Carolina Trades Joe Corvo To Boston

Tomas Kaberle has signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanesaccording to a report from Darren Dreger of TSN, and the Hurricanes have traded defenseman Joe Corvo to the Boston Bruins for a fourth round pick in separate moves. Kaberle, a free agent, just won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins after his contract was traded to the team from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the deadline.

The deal comes with a cap hit of $4.25 million per year, which is the same as Kaberle's last deal, a five-year deal signed in 2006. Kaberle was less than impressive in his time with the Bruins, not turning into the answer Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien hoped he'd be behind Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg on the Boston defense. 

His playing time diminished in the postseason and, according to Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, the Bruins were only willing to offer him a two-year deal this summer. Apparently, Kaberle wasn't alright with that, and now he's a Hurricane.

Essentially, this is a swap of Corvo and Kaberle. Nobody will tell you that Corvo is nearly as solid a defenseman as Kaberle, but he is a $1.75 million cheaper per season, and that contract expires at the end of next season anyway. 

Bruins fans, like those at Stanley Cup of Chowder, will likely tell you that Carolina overpaid when all's said and done.

The Bruins look like winners here. Kaberle had four goals and 42 assists for the Bruins/Leafs last year in the regular season. Essentially they're paying less money for a one-year older guy that can produce nearly as well as Kaberle did.    

For more on the Hurricanes, visit Canes Country.

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