Let's start off by all agreeing that this trade is moronic. I say this knowing that there is always a slight chance Kaberle wakes up from his Pierre Gauthier like nap and regains his form. Usually, it's a team like Pittsburgh who takes a chance on a guy like that. But we're talking about the Habs here. The team that blows 3-0 leads like it's going out of style. So we're basically gonna poopoo on this deal until we are proven wrong. And if we are proven wrong, we will say that we always knew Kaberle had it in him.
But let's focus on what's at hand. $17M is a shit load of money on an NHL salary cap. Most teams put that money to good use. But what exactly does $17M buy you these days? Depends if you have an asshole running your team. Below are some options.
Crosby, Malkin & Dupuis
Chara, Lucic & Krejci
Zetterberg, Datsyuk & Franzen
Ovechkin & Backstrom
Richards, Gaborik & Dubinski
2.61 million Big Mac trios
So there you have it. I defy you to find me 3 players on 1 team that have accomplished less than our 3 stooges (Gomez, Markov, Kaberle) and have a $17M cap hit.
Thank you Geoff Molson for telling the world that you have confidence in the GM who put this roster together.