Hurricanes GM: Kaberle a mistake

Canadiens defenceman Tomas Kaberle plays the puck against the Devils at the Prudential Center in...

Canadiens defenceman Tomas Kaberle plays the puck against the Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Dec. 10, 2011. (ANDY MARLIN/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford admitted Tuesday that signing ex-Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle was a mistake.

Rutherford, speaking on Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio in Toronto, said signing Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million contract in July was a misstep he was fortunate to correct by dealing him to the Montreal Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek.

"Quite frankly I didn't read the situation the way I should've," Rutherford said on the Brady & Lang show. "I should've known what it's like for guys after they win the Stanley Cup. Based on where the team was at, it wasn't the direction that I should've gone in.

"It was tough for Tomas. He had a short summer. He was a little bit behind when he came into camp and didn't really catch up ... Fortunately, I was able to make a deal and clear it up for the future."

Kaberle had nine assists and was minus-12 in 29 games with the Hurricanes before being shipped to Montreal last week.


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