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Friday afternoon notes: Hurricanes & Habs trade Kaberle for Spacek

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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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