NHL notebook: Habs trade Spacek for Kaberle

The Habs' Jaroslav Spacek is heading to the Hurricanes for Tomas Kaberle. (Martin Chevalier/QMI...

The Habs' Jaroslav Spacek is heading to the Hurricanes for Tomas Kaberle. (Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency)

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The slumping Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes swapped Czech defencemen Friday, with the Habs sending Jaroslav Spacek to Raleigh for Tomas Kaberle.

Each team is in last place in its division.

The Habs felt they needed a quarterback for their power play.

"The player (who is) supposed to fill that role right now is Andrei Markov, but he has yet to play a game this year and with his latest surgery (on his right knee) is expected to be out until after the all-star break," coach Jacques Martin said.

Spacek, 37, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.8 million this season.

Kaberle, who signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent this summer, has a three-year contract worth $12.75 million.

In 29 games this season with the Hurricanes, Kaberle had nine assists and was a minus-12.

The 33-year-old won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins last season.

He was traded to Boston in February from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick and a 2012 second-round selection.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said he should have known better than to sign Kaberle to a lucrative deal, given that the defenceman was coming off a Cup run and a short summer. He said Kaberle wasn't in top shape when he reported to camp.

Spacek, meanwhile, has appeared in just 12 of 29 games this season with the Canadiens, recording three assists. He was cleared for contact this week after recovering from an upper-body injury.

CONCUSSION FOR PRONGER?

Chris Pronger's health woes continue to mount -- now he is suffering concussion-like symptoms on top of recovering from surgery on his left knee.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenceman will be out indefinitely, general manager Paul Holmgren said Friday.

"While Chris' knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms," Holmgren said in a statement.

Pronger will visit Sidney Crosby's concussion doctors, Joe Maroon and Mickey Collins, next Wednesday.

Pronger has missed the past eight games -- the first four with what was termed a "virus" and the rest following knee surgery -- his fifth operation in 16 months.

He was sidelined for almost three weeks earlier in the season after being struck near the right eye by a stick Oct. 24.

The 37-year-old has one goal and 12 points in 13 games this season.

SCHENN AILING, TOO

Chris Pronger isn't the only Flyer with concussion-like symptoms.

Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn will be out indefinitely because of what doctors believe is a mild concussion, the team announced Friday.

Schenn, 20, hasn't played since last Saturday at Phoenix. He has yet to record a point in six games with Philadelphia this season.

AW SHOOT, ARTEM

Artem Anisimov apologized Friday for his gun-shooting goal celebration at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning the night before.

"It's a good lesson for me," the New York Rangers centre told ESPNNewYork.com. "No more shooting."

After scoring at 13:23 of the second period, Anisimov spun to face the Lightning net, held his stick as if it was a rifle, and pretended to fire shots.

Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier took offence and skated toward Anisimov, setting off a brawl. Anisimov got a two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, four minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.

HEARING SET FOR SUTTON

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andy Sutton will have a phone hearing Saturday with the NHL disciplinary department to discuss a hit Wednesday on Carolina's Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Sutton, 36, was suspended indefinitely Thursday, pending the hearing.

The NHL suspended Sutton for five games earlier this season for a hit to the head of Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog during an Oct. 28 game in Denver.

MOREAU ON WAIVERS

The Los Angeles Kings put forward Ethan Moreau on waivers Friday.

The Kings signed the free agent to a one-year deal in August, but the 36-year-old managed just one goal and three assists with a minus-three rating in 28 games.

Moreau was limited to 37 games with Columbus last season because of a broken right hand and a rib injury. He had one goal and five assists with the Blue Jackets, but the Kings saw enough to sign him to a $600,000 deal.

BRIEFLY

Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille has a mild concussion and won't play Saturday in Columbus. Bruins coach Claude Julien said it stemmed from a hit Thursday night from Florida Panthers forward Krys Barch ... Brett Connolly of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Devante Smith-Pelly of the Anaheim Ducks were loaned Friday to Hockey Canada for the national team's selection camp, which starts on the weekend. The Florida Panthers said they were considering releasing rookie defenceman Erik Gudbranson to the junior team.


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