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Report: Kaberle close to deal in KHL

Aug 29, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

Tomas Kaberle AP

After Tomas Kaberle was bought out by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this summer, many wondered where the veteran blue liner would wind up. Looks like the answer to that is Europe.

Czech website reports Kaberle is close to a deal with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk.

Kaberle has spent the past 14 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ever since being dealt by the Leafs to Boston in 2011, he’s been on a roller coaster of emotions.

While he didn’t play a lot in Boston, he helped them win a Stanley Cup that season. Following that he signed a four-year deal with Carolina that saw the Hurricanes deal him to Montreal soon into it after not blending in well with the team.

Now Kaberle appears set to join a new league where, perhaps, he can land back on his feet once again at age 35.

  1. govtminion - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    “While he didn’t play a lot in Boston, he helped them win a Stanley Cup that season.”

    I… guess he wore a black and yellow sweater for a few weeks, if that counts as helping. He sure didn’t do much else.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      He lead the entire Bruins team in powerplay points in the playoffs… but I’m sure points don’t help.

      • govtminion - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        The power play that produced zero points in the series against Montreal, and was historically bad through the rest of the playoffs? THAT power play?

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Not his fault no one else on the team could finish on the PP. Were you expecting a d-man to lead the way in goals too?

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    People like the bash Toronto and call Kaberle overrated… but he was an 8th round pick so it’s literally impossible to overrate the guy. The NHL draft doesn’t even have an 8th round anymore. Pretty good career for a guy who wouldn’t have even been drafted if he started in this decade.

  3. ironmd778 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Kaberle did NOT help the Bruins win the Cup. That’s laughable!!

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      No perspective. Look at the stats

  4. pastabelly - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Kaberle was a big mistake by Chiarelli. He was awful in Boston, Carolina, and Montreal, so other teams overrated him as well. He’s where he belongs – out of the NHL.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      What did he do that was so bad?
      11 points and +8 in 25 games. Lead the team in PP points. Not too bad for a guy only getting 3rd line minutes…and they DID win the cup. Not much of a “mistake” for Boston.

      Carolina and Montreal can complain, but Boston? I don’t get.

  5. pastabelly - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Did you watch the 2011 playoffs? Kaberle was awful. That’s why they let him go. He had five playoff assists in 25 games and ZERO goals. My guess is that most were secondary. Every Bs fan wanted him gone for good.

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