Friday afternoon notes: Hurricanes & Habs trade Kaberle for Spacek

Just as last week we saw major coaching changes shake up the NHL landscape, now is the time when we might see some player movement take place, too. This afternoon, one such deal took place between Montreal and Carolina, which swapped veteran defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Jaroslav Spacek. For Kaberle, the Habs will make the 4th team for which he's played in less than a year, after being traded from Toronto to Boston back in February, then signing as a free agent with the Hurricanes over the summer.

We've got reaction to that trade, some updates from Nashville's minor-league affiliates, and a whole lot more after the jump!

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

N&O: Canes trade Tomas Kaberle to Canadiens - Canes Country
Jaws dropped around the league over the fact that Carolina was able to get rid of Kaberle's contract, which has two more years left.

Habs Trade Spacek for Kaberle - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Meanwhile in Montreal, they see Kaberle as an upside play, hoping he rekindles his offensive production of years past.

Still Pi@#&%!! | BlueJackets Xtra
They're still honked off today in Columbus after blowing last night's game.

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Leaf fans have every reason to be wary - The Globe and Mail
The ownership transfer in Toronto is more about gouging the customer (err... maximizing profits) than a guy like Terry Pegula in Buffalo who wants to build a winner.

Ownership change should have little impact on Leafs’ fortunes - The Globe and Mail
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