When a prominent unrestricted free agent is traded to a team that wins the Stanley Cup in his contract year, that usually means a fast track to fat stacks of cash. In many cases, that individual’s payday is grossly inflated from where it was supposed to be.
Yet in the case of Tomas Kaberle, it seemed like his abbreviated struggles with the Boston Bruins only hurt his chances when it came to negotiating his next paycheck. The Czech-born blueliner simply didn’t fit in very well with Bruins coach Claude Julien’s system as he did little to improve the team’s ailing power play.
That being said, sometimes different systems fit different players. If any team could make things work with Tomas Kaberle, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes (otherwise known as the club that yielded about as much as one could expect from his brother Frantisek Kaberle).
Frantisek played four seasons with Carolina, including the 2005-06 Stanley Cup winning campaign. While most people will point to the three-year, $12.75 million contract – the same annual cap hit as his previous contract, by the way – as Tomas Kaberle’s main reason for signing with the Hurricanes, NHL.com reveals that his brother’s feedback also played a big role in that decision.
“He talked about the fans, how you don’t really hear throughout the League how good of fans they are,” Tomas Kaberle said Wednesday, a day after signing a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Hurricanes. “When he was there for his time, his few years, I thought he was the happiest out of the three teams he played on in the NHL. It made it an easier decision for me.”
“I got an offer from Boston, but it was a little bit different offer than I got from Carolina,” Kaberle said. “I loved to play there (in Boston). The boys were great. Everybody was great to me right from the first day I got in, and obviously in the end it was a special moment that made it even bigger. But sometimes it’s all about business, and Carolina showed really good interest in me.”
It makes sense that the Hurricanes took interest in Tomas Kaberle. After all, they’ve been a very family-oriented (and familiarity-oriented) team during this off-season, so why not get the “better’ Kaberle brother?
Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.
Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:
Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.
Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”
People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.
Matt Murray was just on another level in Game 3, giving the impression that the Washington Capitals would only beat him with perfect shots.
Jay Beagle got that memo … and maybe added a little element of surprise on top of that.
As you can see from the video above, Beagle beat Murray from an unexpected angle with a pretty resounding goal. It was one of those “Wait, did that just happen?”-type moments.
The Capitals saw their lead go away moments before this post was completed, so it’s now 1-1.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won Game 3 thanks to Matt Murray‘s heroics, but now they must face the Washington Capitals without Kris Letang in Game 4.
(And the Penguins were overwhelmed for much of that last contest with their best blueliner.)
The Capitals, meanwhile, acknowledge the baggage – perceived or not – of the past as they try to tie this series.
It should be a fascinating Game 4, and you can soak in all the drama and action on NBCSN and also stream it via the link below.
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It sounds like the Arizona Coyotes’ youth movement won’t merely be seen on the ice.
ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that the Coyotes will promote 26-year-old assistant GM John Chayka to GM. The team teased a major press conference for Thursday, when that news is likely to be made official.
The presser could be useful for more than the usual quotes and mission statements, as the Coyotes seem like they may parallel the Toronto Maple Leafs in combining an experienced executive, a young up-and-coming thinker and a more empowered head coach.
Dave Tippett is expected to have more of a say in personnel decisions while the Coyotes hope to bring in a Lou Lamoriello-type to assist Chayka, according to Custance.
(Custance’s ESPN Insider article [subscription required] goes in much greater depth, including a comparison to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors rather than the Maple Leafs.)
It’s possible that Dallas Stars assistant GM Les Jackson might come in to help Chayka, although an earlier report suggests that Jackson might stay in Dallas.
Multiple reporters including Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper back up Custance’s report.
Considering Chayka’s age – he’s primed to become the youngest GM in NHL history – it’s no surprise that people are churning out jokes.
(This post’s author comes with six more years of [life] experience and a resume stacked with impressive video game and fantasy hockey team-building, by the way.)