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Report: Tomas Kaberle will be bought out

Jun 24, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

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The Tomas Kaberle experiment is about to end in Montreal with the Canadiens exercising their final compliance buyout to get rid of his contract, according to TSN.

Kaberle inked a three-year, $12,750,000 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2011, but he only lasted a matter of months before they decided to trade him to the Montreal Canadiens.

He still ended up with 31 points in 72 games in 2011-12, but with Andrei Markov‘s return from knee problems, Kaberle was the odd man out in 2013. He ended up playing in just 10 contests and recorded three assists.

At one time, Kaberle was a top-tier offensive defenseman. He was selected to four All-Star games as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. However, at the age of 35, those days might be behind him.

Still, the upcoming unrestricted free agent market for defenseman will likely be very thin, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team take a chance on him if Montreal buys out his contract.

  1. narfmoo12 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    So in 2011 he won a cup in Boston and then he signed with Carolina and then was traded to Montreal, yet the most recent picture you have of him is in a Toronto jersey?

    • mehetmet - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      who says it’s the most recent they have? It’s most likely picked based on the info in the article — the fact that he went to 4 all star games as a leaf, when he was at his peak.

      Most people probably only remember him as a leaf as his role was so minor with the other team’s he’s played for.

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        They do read the comments apparently. Now he’s in a Habs sweater.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I’ll take “news that shocks no-one” for $500, Alex.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    This guy is useless. Gauthier was a complete fool for trading for this guy. Also, I think the Bruins won the cup despite this guy. He was useless for them as well. Don’t understand why Chiarelli would have gotten him. Guys like him and Redden made all the cash for no production while other guys in the league are looking for a bone. Nice to have their luck.

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