Carolina Hurricanes buy out contract of D Frantisek Kaberle

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes are parting ways with the player who scored the goal that won them the Stanley Cup in 2006.

The Hurricanes said Tuesday they have bought out the remaining year on the contract of defenceman Frantisek Kaberle, who would have made US$2.2 million. Kaberle will now collect almost $1.5 million over the next two seasons.

The 35-year-old Kaberle had the winning goal in Game 7 of the Cup final against Edmonton in 2006. He had nine goals and 73 assists with Carolina from 2005-2009.

Kaberle had been the subject of trade rumours and was placed on waivers last season. His exit comes after the Hurricanes reshaped their defence by signing Andrew Alberts to a two-year deal and re-acquiring Aaron Ward from Boston.