Not long after the deal was announced, the Hurricanes traded defenseman Joe Corvo to the Boston Bruins for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.
"Tomas is one of the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL and power-play specialist," said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. "He has had a good career and is now a Stanley Cup champion. We welcome him to Carolina and look forward to his contributions to the Hurricanes."
Kaberle is coming off a Stanley Cup victory with the Bruins, who acquired the 33-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline. Kaberle had 4 goals and 43 assists in 82 games with the Bruins and Maple Leafs, but just 1 goal and 8 assists in 24 games following the trade.
Kaberle saw his role diminish during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he posted 11 points -- all assists -- in 25 games. He was plus-8.
Kaberle is reunited with Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice, who coached the Maple Leafs for two seasons between 2006-08.
Kaberle is one of the game's better offensive defensemen. In 902 career regular-season games over 12 NHL seasons, he has 84 goals and 445 assists.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres