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RALEIGH, N.C. (CP) - The Carolina Hurricanes retained another piece from their Stanley Cup champion roster Tuesday, re-signing defenceman Frantisek Kaberle to an $8.8-million US, four-year deal.

The 32-year-old Czech native would have become an unrestricted free agent Saturday.

"Frank had an outstanding season and quietly led our defence in scoring," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "He is a good-skating and experienced defenceman in the prime of his career, and he will play a big role in the team's future."

Kaberle, brother of Toronto star defenceman Tomas Kaberle, led all Hurricanes defencemen with 44 points (6-38) in 77 games last season when he earned $1.29 million. He added four goals and nine assists in the playoffs, including the Cup-winner in Game 7 against Edmonton.

Carolina re-signed head coach Peter Laviolette to a five-year deal Sunday. The Hurricanes still have eight other potential unrestricted free agents: forwards Matt Cullen, Doug Weight, Mark Recchi, Craig Adams, goalie Martin Gerber and defencemen Aaron Ward, Niclas Wallin and Glen Wesley.
 

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Word is they'll spend every penny of the 44 million this year. Last year they where closer to 32 million.
 

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Good signing for Carolina. Frantisek Kaberle is a very good defenceman, who can put up some good points, but plays decently in his own end of the ice.

I'd take him over Tomas, but that's another story.
 

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Frantisek Kaberle is a great player for Carolina, and Id say he's worth every penny (and more)of the 2.2 a year he's getting. And as for spending every bit of the 44mil, that would be extremely stupid to put themselves in that position before they can even see what their team looks like.
 
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