Habs will buy out Kaberle

The Canadiens will correct another one of former general manager Pierre Gauthier’s mistakes and clear up $4.25 million in salary-cap space by using their second – and final – compliance buyout on defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

The move, which won’t become official until 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded, was expected, but there was a delay while current general maanger Marc Bergevin put out some feelers to see if there was a team willing to trade for the final year on Kaberle’s contract.

The Canadiens acquired Kaberle on Dec. 9, 2011 in a trade that sent Jaroslav Spacek to Carolina. Gauthier panicked at the time when he learned Andrei Markov wasn’t ready to return from knee surgery. The Hurricanes, who had signed Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75-million free-agent deal, were only too happy to rid themselves of the contract because the defenceman wasn’t in shape.

Kaberle was in better shape this season, but played in only 10 games because the Canadiens were planning to buy him out and didn’t want to run the risk of an injury. The buyout will cost the Canadiens $3 million, but it won’t count against the salary cap.

The Canadiens used their first compliance buyout on Scott Gomez before the start of the 2013 season.

Canadiens buy out Kaberle, by Pat Hickey

Habs still have miles to go for Stanley Cup, by Jack Todd

Is Bernier an upgrade in net for Leafs? TSN.ca

Toews confirms he’s in for Game 6, NHL.com

Bergeron expected in lineup for Game 6, NHL.com

Documentary focuses on Canada-Israel hockey school, by Stu Cowan

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

663 Comments

  1. twilighthours says:

    healy has it… This was karmic retribution for the Toronto series.

    And bickell is worth every penny

  2. habsfaninboston says:

    That Bolland goal felt like a sharp dagger slicing right through their hearts.
    I love it!

  3. Plekasuares says:

    Bolland and bickel have ‘embelished’ their respective goals there will therefore be a game 7 played AHAHAH

  4. Timo says:

    Who else is happy? I am happy! I am effing happy happy happy happy!!!

  5. habs12 says:

    Almost feels like the habs won..almost

  6. PrimeTime says:

    FU Lil Dude. Blah ha ha!!!

  7. durocher says:

    What’s great — Chara messed up on the first goal, Lucic did not have his check on the second goal, and Boychuk messed up on the third.

    The Hawks strategy was to target Chara, and it worked.

    Congrats to the Hawks, and thanks for making Boston miserable!

  8. Adidess says:

    Chara was right in the middle of it again for the tying goal. This is the next best feeling after the Habs winning the Cup. Seeing the Bruins choke just like the Leafs!!!

  9. Timo says:

    This could be the most beautiful night in my NHL watching/following experience.

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAHHH!!

  10. Dust says:

    What a series. Hats off to both teams that was great to watch. Congrats Blackhawks.

  11. ClutchNGrab says:

    Some Leafs fans may feel better after that one.

  12. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    This is the closest I’ll ever be to
    Feeling sorry for the Bruins. And I don’t feel that sorry :)

  13. habsfaninboston says:

    Yoooohooooo!

  14. H.Upmann says:

    Yesssszx!!!!!!

  15. durocher says:

    Just earlier today someone here was saying Bickell was worth no more than $2m a year, and another that Bickell was nothing more than a career third-liner.

  16. Mavid says:

    hahahaha what an epic finish…take that chowdaheads..hahahaha

  17. HardHabits says:

    OMG that is awesome. What an epic choke.

  18. thehabsfan29 says:

    Am I dreaming or is this really happening?

    Best way for the bruins to lose in the finals!!!

    Hell of a series and The Hawks deserved this one!!!

    Couldn’t be any happier!!!

  19. Mavid says:

    my goodness

  20. Plekasuares says:

    YeeAaaaaaa of course Heally starts crying AHAHAHAH YES!Cry healy cry!

  21. PrimeTime says:

    Suck it knuckle draggers

  22. SlovakHab says:

    YEAH. i missed the 3rd goal, what happened??

  23. Adidess says:

    How sweet!

    Never thought these finals would make me so happy in the end :-)

  24. Old Bald Bird says:

    This is too delicious for words. Hang on Hawks.

  25. H.Upmann says:

    Faaaack YESSSSSSSS

  26. Habcouver says:

    Wow again. Booins crumble.
    Waiting patiently for #25

  27. Dust says:

    WTF just happened. Wooooo this is insane

  28. jols101 says:

    Wow. This is awesome.

  29. SlovakHab says:

    YEAH!!!

  30. The Dude says:

    MB ….SIGN BICKELL,what ever it takes.

  31. Dust says:

    Bickell also is a beast. Add another million to his next contract. hahah

  32. Habcouver says:

    Wow! 2-2.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  33. Habcouver says:

    Wow!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  34. Mavid says:

    who me? Dirty asshat..

  35. sheds88 says:

    anyone see rask throw the blackhawk’s stick. that kid is a brat and probably pouts when he doesn’t get his way. of ocourse he plays for boston

  36. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Not sure Markov would thrive with the physicality of this series, but man I’d love to see him on the Hawks for this PP…

  37. Mavid says:

    **rubs eyes** a Bruin penalty..now..really..am I dreaming

  38. Mavid says:

    son of a biscuit basket

  39. The Dude says:

    Milan Lucic is the best N.H.L.er ,period!He does it all !

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    B’s are going to win the cup aren’t they?

  41. Dust says:

    Man Lucic is a beast

  42. H.Upmann says:

    bickell on that line is great

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hawks will need some luck.

    Or brilliant keeping plus a single brilliant play.

  44. The Dude says:

    Jagr should be fresh for the third,jeeze

  45. PrimeTime says:

    C’mon Hawks. Win it in Boston!!!!

  46. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hmmm, long time since I’ve had a HNIC feed, long time since I’ve heard PJ Stock. The guy’s IQ must be comparable to that of a tub of Play-Doh.

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    “Curling is different, not playoff hockey.”

    is good.

  48. scavanau says:

    Enjoyed seeing another Chara’s filthy hit backfire and him land chin first on the ice

  49. Dust says:

    Better period by Chicago.. |I was alittle worried during the 1st but it looks like the hawks have weathered the storm and i am feeling confidant we will see the cup awarded tonight

  50. zorro says:

    Ok so how many of you think the Habs have what it takes to play in a Stanley Cup final ?
    I can only think of maybe 1 or 2 players, Mr. Bergevin you have your work cut out for you. Maybe you can get it started on sunday, like this sunday.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I do.
      One or two little tweaks, and we could be there.
      We finished #2 in the East.
      (and don’t give me the “playoff hockey is different” nonsense. Curling is different, not playoff hockey.)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • zorro says:

        One or two little tweaks, wow that’s wishful thinking.

      • The Dude says:

        Hypodermic injected Rainbow coloured eyeball’s ,eh?

      • Adidess says:

        One or two little tweaks, Mattyleg? You can’t be serious.

        Have you seen the level of defensive play and goaltending in these playoffs, except in the odd game (outliers). Do you see what it takes to score in these later rounds?

        We just don’t have the horses right now. Defense: we have maybe one or two guys who can play that tough game and still use their skills. Offense: I don’t know who would score a goal for us at this point, considering the Penguins of all teams couldn’t find anyone to score.

      • The Jackal says:

        I think so to Matty. Maybe more than 2 tweaks, but I certainly agree that it is tweaks, not overhauls, that are needed.

        Many have said that we will not do as well next season, but I disagree. We may not finish 2nd or win the division again, but that does not necessarily mean that the Habs will have regressed. I see us making the playoffs next year, probably between 4-6 in the standings (in the East). But I think as a team we will improve. The D will be better – Markov will have better conditioning following his adjustment to a fulltime NHL schedule, PK is PK, Tinordi will grow from his call-up, Gorges will be better (he is a warrior and has always been good for us), and Emelin will be back.

        Then, Eller will hopefully continue to blossom, and DD and Pacs will get back in their groove. Hopefully Bourque wil continue to play how he did this year. Nonetheless, we have the Gallys in their second year, barring a slump, they will continue to impress us.

        I think we are a deep team on the surface. Perhaps not yet in the farm, but with a healthy roster we are very strong and have 3 scoring lines and competent pairings. Oh, I almost forgot Price. Price will be better, for sure. I would bet my house on it but I don’t own property :D

        On a side note, many posters, IMO, conflate size with grit. I agree we need some big bodies up front and on the back end, but it is not necessary to replace our skilled players with bigger players. What matters is that the players with size use that to their advantage and create space/clear the crease. Not every player needs to do this, provided that there are enough players doing such, then the rest of the roster need not change much. I say if we gain a crease-clearing D or 2, and one big forward or 2, then that would put us over the top.

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        • Dust says:

          I think if our Defence improved we would be there. Our D was very weak. If that improves, Goaltending will look better, we will compete for a cup. just my opinion

    • Habcouver says:

      M’thinks it’ll take more than 1-2 players along with a few more years to get to SC final level.

      Waiting patiently for #25

  51. Habcouver says:

    I was wondering if Booins would ever be penalized.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  52. Adidess says:

    I have this fear that if this series goes 7, somebody will die either from a hit or from exhaustion…

    I don’t wanna see that, so Hawks tonight please :-)

  53. Mattyleg says:

    Renaud Lavoie tweeting that Jagr is in the dressing room.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  54. habsfaninboston says:

    Refs not letting Hawks get away with much.

  55. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Refs doing everything for a game 7. What a surprise.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Yeah, there’s a bit of that in the air, eh?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Dust says:

      I don’t think so. they are treating both teams the same

      • The Jackal says:

        Oh…? Well, don’t leave us hanging….. why do you think this?

        EDIT: I’m not being smart or anything, but it’s surprising to see that point of view since the Bruins appear to be getting away with a few things.
        ______________________
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        • Dust says:

          They are letting things go both ways. I don’t find the officiating in this series much different from other series in the playoffs. I think right now if you were in a bruins chat they would be complaining about non calls by the refs. If you were in a Chicago chat they would be complaining about non calls by the refs. The officiating in the playoffs is a joke and I don’t think they are favouring 1 team over the other.

          • The Jackal says:

            Fair enough. Personally, I would not be surprised if the league did meddle in games by trying to influence an outcome to force game 7, especially after reading about how Campbell did meddle in the officiating. But I want to believe that the league is not a total joke vis-a-vis reffing.

            That being said, I think, as you said, that the officiating has been bad all throughout the playoffs. However, I also think that the refs are being very inconsistent, insofar as they are calling the Hawks for borderline things while the Bruins don’t get called for the same things. Maybe the refs are just bad, maybe they are trying to help out the B’s. Whichever, it is, I think that the Bruins have had the benefit of the doubt, while the Hawks have not.

            ______________________
            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  56. Mark C says:

    I give it a 9.6.

  57. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Toews is a beauty!

    And he skinned Lurch, left him behind with a great view of the goal. Lurch won’t even have to watch the video.

  58. Mark C says:

    Haha Chara forgot where he was on the ice again.

  59. frontenac1 says:

    Whoa!Toews Five Hole.

  60. savethepuck says:

    That’s a huge goal. Will be a momentum changer.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  61. Plekasuares says:

    HOW on earth was that a penalty. That’s just nuts.

  62. frontenac1 says:

    Did you see Grapes jacket? I used to have a shirt like that. My wife threw it out. I still miss it .

  63. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Marchand, Marchand. Such a little puke.

    But: did you see him undress Hjalmarsson? And took a bad cross-check to the face, took it well.

    Too bad he’s such a classless puke.

    • The Jackal says:

      Yeah, all that talent and no class.
      Sometimes I wonder: what if the NHL actually called players for that kind of crap? Would they behave better? Probably. I think some of this classlessness is a product of the NHL’s poor officiating and enforcement of their own rules.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Mattyleg says:

      And so utterly, intensely, and breathtakingly dumb.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  64. Mattyleg says:

    The one thing that I enjoy about watching the B’s do well is how it makes everyone who trots out the old chestnut that teams in the West are somehow bigger and better than teams in the East look as profoundly stupid as they should.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  65. johnnylarue says:

    Boston is probably the only rink in the league that actually boos louder when an opposing player is lying motionless on the ice in a pool of his own blood.

    I’d love for the Hawks to win it tonight to give the “Boston Strong” crowd a chance to show the world how classy they are. (Prediction: deafening boos and a metric ton of garbage on the ice.)

    • Mattyleg says:

      Meh, there are imbeciles everywhere, and the playoffs bring in the worst of them.

      Habs fans booed the American anthem so regularly that now they preface the anthem with an anouncement listing the Americans on the Habs’ roster, indicating that they are insulting their own players by booing.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • The Jackal says:

      I know this is sacrilegious, and I want to start off by saying I want the Hawks to win. But if there was ever a year for Boston to win that could be less of a travesty than any other time, this is it. Should the B’s win, I will not lose sleep over it… this time.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • johnnylarue says:

        I agree, albeit begrudgingly.

        The notion of a benevolent God was officially debunked the last time they won it. This is all just “after stuff”.

  66. habsfan0 says:

    Don Cherry sounds congested tonight.
    Maybe he’s all choked up about the Laff’s trade.

  67. Mattyleg says:

    Evening everyone!
    Just back from a cricket tour in Toronto.
    Great time, hot as hell, but lots of fun.

    Quite a game we have here.

    Holy crap, just heard that Vanouver picked up Tortellini as Head Douche. Man, they are on their way out…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • The Jackal says:

      Sucks for the Canucks, I like them as my adoptive hometown team, but I don’t see Torts as a good fit for them. Gillis screwed the pooch and now he is making the team worse off by not taking responsibility and firing himself.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  68. habsfaninboston says:

    Hawks need to wake up.

  69. habstrinifan says:

    Well it’s not 2-0. That’s the way to look at it.

  70. Plekasuares says:

    Makes me sick listening to Healy And Galley. How can someone who says Datsyuk isn’t skilled be taken seriously……

    • Mattyleg says:

      Stop.
      Watching.
      HNIC.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • The Jackal says:

        Good advice Matty, but some folks don’t have any other options.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • Mattyleg says:

          There has to be another way. (bangs hands on table for extra emphasis)

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • The Jackal says:

            I wish there was… maybe if NHL Game Centre live gave the option of watching NBC instead of blacking out games because you can watch on CBC….

            ______________________
            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • Mattyleg says:

            No chance of landing RDS?
            It’s class all over.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • The Jackal says:

            If I had cable, I would get RDS.
            Right now, I have game centre and the CBC app for Xbox.
            Works for me, some folks would not spend the money for xbox live and thus get RDS/cable, but I don’t watch much live TV, I mostly use Netflix and streams.

            Anyway, I don’t mind CBC that much, and it’s better than not watching hockey. But I do wish I had RDS. That’s why I go to Kilgour’s in TO :D

            ______________________
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          • Mattyleg says:

            Heh.
            Good spot, know it well from winter visits to Hogtown.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. Mark C says:

    That’s high sticking in game 6 of the finals?

  72. frontenac1 says:

    Lounge Lizards are ok by me.

  73. Timo says:

    Sigh. How did it happen that a 4 year old gets to watch cartoons and I have to PVR the game? Where did things go so wrong?


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