RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.
The Hurricanes announced the deal Friday, a few hours before their game at Winnipeg.
Carolina signed Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million contract in July hoping a reunion with Paul Maurice - who coached him in Toronto - would help improve the Hurricanes' defense and strengthen their power play.
Instead, Kaberle had no goals and nine assists in 29 games with Carolina and was a minus-12. Maurice was fired last week.
The 37-year-old Spacek had three assists in 12 games with Montreal and was a plus-2 before he was placed on injured reserve last month with an upper body injury. The veteran Czech can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.