"If you want to condemn a GM for signing a veteran defenceman to a long-term deal, how about Carolina's Jim Rutherford, who signed the wretched Tomas Kaberle to a three-year deal? Kaberle was nothing but excess baggage for the Bruins during their Stanley Cup run last spring, and he's been less than that for Carolina."
The passage above appeared in the Dec. 5 edition of the Montreal Gazette.
Four days later, Tomas Kaberle is a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the struggling Habs have flipped defenseman Jaroslav Spacek for Kaberle, the former Toronto Maple Leafs mainstay who was a passenger on the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship team last spring.
He signed a 3-year, $12.75 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes in July. Three months into the season, it could safely be considered among the worst signings of the 2011 Free Agent Frenzy -- perhaps the worst.
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