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Really, this one was has to be one of the worst trades in the decades. There is nothing else to add.
Gauthier gave up Jaroslav Spacek, a guy who, despite being frequently injured, had been extremely good for them. If not for the stellar performance of Jaroslav Halak, Hal Gill, and Jaroslav Spacek at the back end, the Canadiens would have left in the first round of the playoffs in their mythical conference finals run.
Even in Toronto, Kaberle was a pretty awful player for the last three years. Brian Burke got tired of his lack of production and traded him to Boston. After only 13 points in the post-season, despite a Stanley Cup, Peter Chiarelli said bye-bye and left him to free agency.
When Kaberle was signed by a ridiculous sum in Carolina, everyone was dumbfounded. When Pierre Gauthier traded for him? We were all caught with our pants down.
This move is utterly inexplicable. If the Canadiens need a puck-moving defenseman who quarterbacks the power play, why in the world would you go to Tomas Kaberle?
Even worse, for a team that has always been pretty much up against the cap, why would you go for such a hefty contract as Kaberle has?
Pierre Gauthier has successfully joined the two worst contracts in the NHL in one roster with Kaberle and Scott Gomez.
Well done. This makes the signing of Ville Leino by Buffalo a genius play by Darcy Regier. Well done, Monsieur Gauthier.