Tomas Kaberle took his brother’s advice by signing with Carolina

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.”

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“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?

Dahlin headlines Sweden’s roster for World Junior Summer Showcase

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Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, potentially the NHL’s first overall draft pick in 2018, will suit up for Sweden at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan.

Dahlin, who doesn’t turn 18 until April, has wowed scouts with his skating and puck-moving ability. At the 2017 World Juniors, he participated as a 16-year-old, garnering tantalizing reviews in the process.

Top-10 picks in the 2017 draft, Elias Pettersson (5th, Vancouver Canucks) and Lias Andersson (7th, New York Rangers), will also be in Plymouth representing Sweden.

Click here for Sweden’s and Finland’s Summer Showcase rosters. The tournament runs from July 29 – Aug. 5 and also features players from the United States and Canada.

Among the draft-eligible Finns to watch is 17-year-old forward Jesse Ylonen, who could be a late first-rounder in 2018.

Related: USA Hockey invites 42 players to World Junior Summer Showcase

All of a sudden, hope for hockey in Houston

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Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell the NBA’s Rockets has revived hope for a hockey team in Houston.

That’s because Alexander is arguably the biggest reason that Houston doesn’t already have a team. The 72-year-old billionaire controls Toyota Center, where the Rockets play. Without getting into all the details, he’s essentially been the only one who could bring an NHL franchise to the city.

From the Houston Press:

But Alexander selling the Rockets (and the lease that goes with it), opens up an NHL-ready hockey arena in Houston. And that’s something that Seattle, which the NHL seemed to favor, can’t offer, and unlike Quebec City, Houston offers up a huge media market with many, many large corporations around to buy up luxury seats.

Houston is certainly a big city. In fact, only four metro areas in the United States — New York, L.A., Chicago and Dallas — have higher populations.

And Houston is growing fast.

Jeremy Jacobs, the influential owner of the Boston Bruins, has not hidden his desire to put an NHL team in Toyota Center. Back in 2015, he told ESPN.com, “I would love to see one in Houston, but we can’t get into that building.”

Perhaps soon the NHL won’t have that impediment.

Predators hire new assistant coach in wake of Housley departure

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The Nashville Predators have hired Dan Muse as an assistant coach.

Muse, who spent the last two years as head coach of the USHL’s Chicago Steel, will be in charge of the Preds’ forwards as well as the penalty kill, while associate head coach Kevin McCarthy  — in the wake of Phil Housley’s departure — will now have responsibility for the defense and the power play.

Muse led the Steel to a championship in May. He also won an NCAA title in 2013 as an assistant coach for Yale.

“Dan comes to us as a successful young coach that brings great energy and passion to the game,” said Preds head coach Peter Laviolette in a statement. “He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks, first winning an NCAA title at Yale in 2013, and then taking a Chicago team that had missed the playoffs eight straight seasons and turned them into the Clark Cup champions in just two seasons. We are excited to welcome him to the organization and look forward to his contributions to the coaching staff.”

Senators avoid arbitration with Ryan Dzingel

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The Ottawa Senators have narrowly avoided arbitration with Ryan Dzingel.

Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Dzingel has signed a two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.8 million.

Dzingel’s hearing was scheduled for today. Last season, the 25-year-old forward had 14 goals and 18 assists in 81 games.

Earlier this week, the Sens also avoided arbitration with Jean-Gabriel Pageau, though that case didn’t go down to the wire like Dzingel’s did.

Pageau and Dzingel were the only Sens with arbitration hearings scheduled.

Related: Sens want to avoid arbitration with Dzingel