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Frankie bought out, Tommy B going to USHHOF

On Tuesday, the Hurricanes made the very boring and fully expected announcement that they have bought out the contract of Frantisek Kaberle.  The 35-year old rearguard had one year left on a contract that would have paid him $2.2M this season.  Instead, he’ll be paid $1.467M, spread over two years. 

Kaberle scored the cup-winning goal in 2006 and underwent shoulder surgery that summer.  After that, he was never the same.  In addition to never regaining his old form, Joe Corvo was brought in, followed by Joni Pitkänen.  This pretty much rendered him expendable.  Those other two guys are better at the “offensive defenseman” stuff and actually passable in their own end.  The same cannot be said for Kaberle.  I don’t want to take away from what he did for the Hurricanes, but the ugly truth is that he was an absolute nightmare in his own end and by the end of the 2007-08 season, he’d lost at least a step in the offensive end.  He became a healthy scratch/seventh defenseman/fill-in player.  $2.2M is way too much money to pay a guy to eat popcorn.  The rest of us pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to eat popcorn at the games.  While some fans are clinging to the sentimentality of the guy who scored the cup-winner, most of us saw a player that was no longer earning his keep and who no longer had a purpose on the team. 

There was also another, happier, non-derisive announcement out of Raleigh.

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