The Bruins pulled off a de facto trade with Carolina this week, sending a fourth-round draft pick to the Hurricanes for defenseman Joe Corvo just before Tomas Kaberle signed with the team down south.

Out: A draft pick and a regular-season disappointment.

In: A guy who had 11 goals and 40 points last season.

There's no real downside here for the B's. Kaberle was strong in the playoffs, but he contributed little to the B's during the regular season after coming in a deadline deal from Toronto. He posted just seven more points than Corvo in 2010-11, and comes at a much higher cost: $12.75 million over three years.

The new Bruin, meanwhile, is just a year older, and costs about half as much next season.

Nothing to complain about here.

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