Tomas Kaberle, a player who has often been named in empty trade rumors, has now been changed uniforms twice in the last half year.
Tomas Kaberle, up until a few months ago, had spent his entire career since joining the NHL back in the 1998/99 season as a Toronto Maple Leaf. In recent years he was so often mentioned as a potential trade candidate that his name in rumors during the latter half of the 2010/11 season might have seemed like nothing but fluff.
However they actually panned out for once as Kaberle was sent to the Boston Bruins from Toronto, a team he won the Stanley Cup with last month.
Now Kaberle is part of transaction news once again as the defenceman has been acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The official site of the Hurricanes, as part of the NHL.com network, made the announcement on Tuesday evening: "General Manager Jim Rutherford pulled the simultaneous trigger on the signing of free agent defenseman Tomas Kaberle and the trade of defenseman Joe Corvo to Boston in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick."
Kaberle, born in the Czech Republic, is now 33 years old and he has been named as an NHL All Star on four occasions.
Rutherford added that he felt that Kaberle was "one of the top puck-moving defenseman in the league", a fair assessment of the veteran.
In 49 games in Boston, the regular season and the post-season combined, Kaberle did not show the point tallying touch he normally showed in Toronto as he had just 20 total points in those 49 games.
However his addition to Carolina is for defensive purposes and the Hurricanes look stronger for the signing which is for three years and $12.75 million.