Audio: Blueline swap brings Kaberle in deal for Spacek

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Tomas Kaberle (left) joins the Canadiens with Friday’s trade.
Ellen Ozler, Reuters

AUDIO: Pierre Gauthier (courtesy Rick Moffat, CJAD) | Jacques Martin | P.K. Subban | Tomas Plekanec | Hal Gill | Chris Campoli

The Canadiens have traded defenceman Jaroslav Spacek to Kirk Muller’s Carolina Hurricanes for fellow rearguard Tomas Kaberle.

Kaberle signed a three-year deal worth $12.75 million this past summer. Spacek, making $3.8 million, is a UFA at season’s end.

Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin said he hopes Kaberle will be in the Habs lineup Saturday afternoon in New Jersey. The newcomer is expected to be of help to the team on the power play.

From the Canadiens:

The 33-year old Kaberle played 29 games with the Hurricanes this season. He registered nine assists, 38 shots on goal and 27 blocked shots, playing an average of 19:14 per game.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound defenceman has collected 538 points (84 goals, 454 assists) in 931 regular season games in the NHL.  He scored 31 goals on the power-play and 16 were game-winning goals. He displays a career +19 plus/minus differential. Kaberle added 39 points (6 goals, 33 assists) in 102 playoff games, along with a +16 plus/minus ratio.

A native of Rakovnik, Czech Republic, he played in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Kaberle was drafted in the eighth round, 204th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Spacek played 12 games this season with the Canadiens registering three assists. He has a +2 plus/minus differential, with 12 hits and 25 blocked shots, playing an average of 15 minutes and 29 seconds per game.

Since joining the NHL, Spacek has recorded 343 points (77 goals and 266 helpers) and maintained a +45 plus/minus ratio in 846 NHL regular season games.

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