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Report: Habs will likely invite Commodore to training camp

Jan 8, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens are set to invite veteran defenseman Mike Commodore to training camp, according to a report from RDS.

Commodore, 33, signed a deal with Montreal’s AHL Hamilton affiliate in November in the hopes of continuing his NHL career — he’s since appeared in 13games with the Bulldogs, registering one assist and 24 PIM.

The 33-year-old split last season between Detroit and Tampa Bay, notching two assists in 30 games while averaging just over 12 minutes per night.

The Lightning didn’t extend Commodore’s contract for 2012-13, making him an unrestricted free agent.

While the invite’s a positive step for Commodore, he’ll be in tough finding a spot on Montreal’s crowded blueline. Seven guys (Andrei Markov, Tomas Kaberle, Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Francis Bouillon, Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber) are currendly under contract and an eighth — PK Subbanwill reportedly be signed soon.

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