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Klesla, Kaberle sign with Czech teams

Sep 21, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

Tomas Kaberle Montreal

The Czech Extraliga has added a pair of veteran NHL defensemen.

According to various sources, Phoenix blueliner Rostislav Klesla has signed with HC Ocelari Trinec while Montreal rearguard Tomas Kaberle inked a deal with HC Kladno — the team owned by Jaromir Jagr.

Klesla, 30, will return to the Czech league much like he did during the last NHL work stoppage (albeit for a different team.) Trinec has been aggressive in pursuing locked-out players, having already agreed to terms with Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid and Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Kaberle, 34, rejoins the Kladno squad he suited up for during the 2004-05 lockout.

Kladno promises to be one of the most entertaining European squads during this current work stoppage — in addition to Kaberle and Jagr, the squad will also feature the likes of Tomas Plekanec, Marek Zidlicky, Jiri Tlusty and the host of ex-NHLers that were already with the club: Jiri Bicek, Jan Hlavac, Ivan Majesky and Pavel Patera.

  1. mathieug79 - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I bet most Habs fan, are actually hoping he stays overseas lol, what a horrible contract he has, then again the habs do have the likes of Mr. Gomez. Poor GM has a lot to do, to fix Gainey/Gauthier’s mess!

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