Canes call out Kaberle

For more than a decade, Tomas Kaberle was an institution at a Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins game.

Now he’s in the doghouse in Carolina.

Up until last February, Kaberle had been a Leaf for his entire career. Then he was traded to the Bruins, the team he would go on to win a Stanley Cup with.

The Bruins opted not to re-sign Kaberle during the off-season, allowing him to ink a three-year, $12.75 million US deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

But things have not been good for Kaberle on Tobacco Road. Through 25 games he has just five points and is minus-12, causing Canes GM Jim Rutherford to call out the veteran defenceman in public on Wednesday.

“He has to figure out a way to get out of it or he won’t be playing with the Hurricanes long,” Rutherford told XM Home Ice radio.

Maybe the Leafs and Bruins knew something when they let him go.

34 Responses to Canes call out Kaberle

  1. reinjosh says:

    Boudreau hired in place of Carlyle. I like it. Very surprised how fast it happened but I like the move. Boudreau could very well be the spark that turns that team around. Now I think they need to make a move for some depth scoring and a top 4 dman, not using Ryan or one of the other big two. Murray did say he would make other moves before moving Ryan, I guess he's done it now. Sort of surprising since Anaheim still owes Carlyle for three years (well 2 and a half), especially since they have money issues. Maybe someone picks up his contract then?

    Also Krejci signed a three year extension today for 5.25 million per year. Chiarelli locks up more of his core. Not to high a cap hit, not to long a contract. I like it. 
  2. reinjosh says:

    For anyone that cares here's a decent breakdown of who from the WHL players invited to the Canadian WJC selection roster has a chance at making the team.

  3. hockey_lover says:

    Just heard another rumour. Staal + Martin for Ryan.

    Pens get a top end winger for Sid.

    Ducks get a 2nd line center and a “meh” dman.

  4. albertateams says:

    I like the Krejci contract, term and dollar amount are very reasonable.  Having the options at center (both offensively and defensively) in Boston is as good as anybody's outside of Pittsburgh.

  5. JoelLeafs says:

    Ryan won't be moved. 

    Let me reiterate: Bobby Ryan of the Ducks will end the season with the Ducks.
  6. JoelLeafs says:

    Cool. Thanks.

  7. reinjosh says:

    I think it depends whether or not they continue to struggle. Its obvious they need to get some depth. Their offense is nasty with Getzlaf, Ryan, Perry and Selanne but Selanne is aging and sooner or later he's going to retire. Ryan is nice but he's struggling. Could the price they get for him make sense to trade him?

    Staal and Martin could be interesting. They both fit long term and would solidify things. They get themselves set at center for a while. Then make a move for a winger using their pick and some prospects and things are looking up for them. 
  8. reinjosh says:

    I think its smart too. Chiarelli has done a really good job of locking his core up for the future and putting pieces in place to replace the aging core pieces. 

  9. albertateams says:

    Yeah and they have a potential Chara replacement in Dougie Hamilton a year away. Watched a couple of games of his this year, very impressive. Nobody's a sure thing but wow would I love the Flames to have a prospect with his skill set. 6th in scoring as a d-man in the OHL, Nhl frame with great mobility guy reminds me of Rob Blake. When he fills out his frame look out.

  10. Steven_Leafs says:

    way too much cap going the Ducks' way. I get the feeling the pens would have to take on Blake and Brookbank or something like that. Interested deal though, other than Getzlaf, Anaheim doesn't really have a big 2nd line center, Staal would look good in Anaheim.

  11. Boston_Bruins says:

    I think the money for Krejci is a bit too much, but it's not really worth complaining over. I'm surprised Chiarelli was willing to go above Bergeron.

    The timing of the Boudreau hiring was kind of weird. "Hey Carlyle, nice win out there. You're fired."
  12. Boston_Bruins says:

    So for Boston that only leaves Rask and Kelly as the key signings, who both are tough to project. I think the 4th line signs for around a total of $3 million, Pouliot walks, Boychuk for $2-$3 million, and Corvo walks. It'll be interesting to see if Spooner and even Hamilton will be ready next year.

  13. senators_choke says:

    Same mistake as Sutter when he re-signed Stajan.

    As a GM, you absolutely must watch the games before giving contracts. Stats alone can be misleading.

  14. mojo19 says:

    True. Kaberle ain't as good as he once was.

    I have a feeling this was a Paul Maurice influenced signing too. Probably part of the reason why Pauly got fired. I can't blame the guy, I mean Kaberle was lights out for Maurice, one of the best in the NHL. You look at this roster, Maurice's fingerprints are all over it, Harrison, Kaberle, Ponikarovsky, and Tlusty all played important roles and big minutes under Maurice in Toronto. But Kaberle is not the superstar he once was. Too bad for Carolina. But hey, maybe he'll be bought out after this season? or placed on re-entry waivers down the line. Could be a decent future pick up for the Leafs if we end up dealing a d-man or two at some point in the next year or so. I don't see Carolina making a move right now with over 2 and half years remaining on his contract.

  15. albertateams says:

    Its a pretty low risk move by Chiarelli though, takes him to 29 years old. Maybe a little high but 3 years versus 5+ gives so much more flexibility. I think its a good move looking forward. I've always been a big fan of Krejc's two way play though.

  16. Boston_Bruins says:

    Oh, no complaints about the length. I think Krejci's two-way play gets a bit overrated to be honest. I think people see him as that since that year he led the league in +/- but he really isn't a two-way guy. Adequate defensively but nothing special by any means.

  17. Boston_Bruins says:

    I've heard the Blake comparison but I don't want to go overboard, as well as he's doing right now. I always thought he looked alot like Brent Burns, with more defensive potential, which would be awesome if he became that.

  18. Boston_Bruins says:

    Good read, thanks. The Dub is definitely the league I know the least about.

  19. reinjosh says:

    I would say two years away. Make him work for it. Give him the full time in the OHL, a year in the AHL and a year under Chara. No reason to rush him.

    Dude is talented. I like Bruins comparison to a more defensively sound Burns. Blake is pretty decent too. Scary if either come true.

  20. reinjosh says:

    I would say two years away. Make him work for it. Give him the full time in the OHL, a year in the AHL and a year under Chara. No reason to rush him.

    Dude is talented. I like Bruins comparison to a more defensively sound Burns. Blake is pretty decent too. Scary if either come true.

  21. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I agree it was a little much, especially considering his down year so far but I figure better to overpay a little on three years and to go to long. You keep some flexibility. 

    Weird yes. But how often do you get the chance to hire a Boudreau? The chance was there and they had to take it. Win or not. 
  22. reinjosh says:

    Thomas with a ridiculous November to grab the 1st star of the Month. Put up .941 save percentage while the Bruins rode 12 – 0 – 1. Thats just a nutty streak. They are scary this year.

    Lupul was third star. Nice to see somethings going real well for the Leafs. Two months in and two players have won a player of the month award (albeit one guy won third star, but your splitting hairs there), and both are top 2 in league scoring (seriously, anyone think that was possible?).
    Plus Kadri ripped the AHL up in November. He won the AHL player of the month. Two months, both Marlie players won. Pretty sweet. Kadri almost matched Colborne for points too. In 12 games in November, he put up 17 points. Colborne put up 19 in 13. Colborne – 1.46 PPG, Kadri – 1.41. All this talk about his head not being screwed on straight is crap. He's never thrown tantrums, never complained about being sent down. He's a sweet prospect and sooner or later will be a sweet player. 
  23. reinjosh says:

    I'll be interested to see what they can get either signed for. Especially Rask. I wonder what he thinks of things. Its gotta be difficult being behind Thomas, with all that talent. Chiarelli is doing all the right things though, saying he's the future and all. Maybe he gets a little more to stay a little longer?

  24. reinjosh says:

    Could they afford to buy him out?

    2.8 million a year for 6 years is a lot (if my numbers on the buyout are right), especially for a lower budget team like Carolina. 
  25. albertateams says:

    I just like the fact that he can play in any cir*****stance. There are not a lot of centers out there that play offense defense and are good in the face off dot. I would love the guy on my team.

  26. mojo19 says:

    Its 2/3's of the remaining money owed to him, spread over twice the amount of years.

    So after this season, because it was a back-loaded contract (he earns only $4 mil this year and $4.5 mil in the final year) he will be owed $8.75 million over the next two seasons. Let's just round it up to $9 million, because 2/3's of that is easy, it would be $6 million to buy him out, divided by 4 years, which would be roughly (a little less than) $1.5 million per season. Not ideal, but maybe better than the $4.25 cap hit is worth to them.

    I don't agree with buyouts if there is another way, but I'm just saying it would be an option.

  27. mojo19 says:

    You're not taking his "head not being screwed on" in the right context. I'm suggesting that he doesn't understand the game. No doubt he has raw skill. But he would be a nightmare to coach.

  28. mojo19 says:

    to elaborate –

    At the AHL level his positional play doesn't make a difference because he's just so much quicker and more skilled that it doesn't come back to haunt him. At an NHL level I believe it still would at times. Not saying he's not a great prospect, clearly the talent is there, but I think he has a lot to learn about the game.

    Its kind of like when that kid drops out of rep and plays house league. Even though he was kind of marginal in rep, and maybe got caught running around a lot, in house league the pure skating ability is enough to overcome any holes in his game.

  29. MystifoLeafs says:

    Yeah Mojo but all of these gaps come in time. I mean yes we could bring him up the the NHL level and let the media poke holes in the kids game but right now there is no need for it. Remember reading a comment from a NHL scout about star players. 

    "Most star players dominate at every level they play at, so if a prospect comes in dominates the OHL, moves up and dominates the AHL chances are he is going to have the confidence to do so at the NHL level."
    So at this point for the sake of Kadri's career I say let this kid tear up the AHL build some mad confidence and say around Early January reward him with a stint in the NHL. If Kuelmin is still having a slump then maybe bringing up a young stud like Kadri and putting him on that wing will make Kuelmin work to get his position back. (Although I still say Kuelmin breaks this slump soon.)
  30. reinjosh says:

    I'm not sure I agree. The best skill he has is his offensive vision and to me that implies that he knows the way the game is played. 

    I mean I do see what your saying and to a point I would agree, but I think its more implicit of a young player than a guy that doesn't think the game well. I've watched him a lot and one of the things he does well is think the game well. He's only played 33 games at the NHL level, I think its a little early to be saying he would be a nightmare to coach. Dallas Eakins spoke highly of him last year and he obviously transitioned well from the OHL to the AHL in his first season. The NHL side will come in due time. 
  31. Steven_Leafs says:

    2012-13     $4,250,000     $4,250,000     $1,458,333     $2,791,667     $1,458,333
    2013-14     $4,500,000     $4,250,000     $1,458,333     $3,041,667     $1,208,333
    2014-15                 $0                  $0     $1,458,333    -$1,458,333     $1,458,333
    2015-16                 $0                  $0     $1,458,333    -$1,458,333     $1,458,333

    This is from the Buyout Calculator on CapGeek. Not bad, they do save quite a bit of salary but personally unless they absolutely have to, I'd give him one more season before trying it.

  32. reinjosh says:

    Yeah. I was thinking their were 3 years left after this one and it was 2/3rds of the cap hit not of the remaining salary. That makes more sense. 

  33. reinjosh says:

    Here's a good piece on him.

    Specifically this: "Just being able to recognize danger is the biggest change in my game," Kadri said. "Turnovers have been pretty bad news for me; especially in junior when I kind of did whatever I felt like doing. Since junior I'm trying to be more of a complete player and I'm limiting my turnovers. I'm starting to be less of a risky player and more of a reward player. It is tough to change. It has taken me some time to adjust, but I think each day I'm getting better. I just keep working hard and if I do that, things will pan out for me."

    And for those that think he's not all there in the head (ie LeafNation)

    "You just have to keep your head down and keep working hard," Kadri said. "You know, a lot worse things could happen to you. I'm in a pretty fortunate situation and I believe it will work out if I just keep working hard. I knew that from the get-go I wouldn't necessarily be called up if the Leafs had injuries so it really wasn't a surprise to me. Those are the guys who have earned those spots and they deserve to be in the NHL. They came down here and worked hard, just like I have, and they made some noise. They kind of forced the Leafs to call them up and that's the situation I'm trying to put myself in. I'm happy for those guys. They really deserved it. It's nice to see them succeed."
  34. mapleleafsfan says:

    Another 2 points for kadri again tonight. Atta boy. 

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