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

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

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

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

663 Comments

  1. Cal says:

    Tis a night for wine, women and song!
    Huzzah! The Bear is dead and Jabba can go back to terrifying ewoks!

  2. Bill says:

    Rask, what a choke artist. Not clutch/money.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • mksness says:

      how about chara not being clutch/money? i can’t really blame rask on the last too goals. slightly aggressive positioning made it hard to get back and opened up the 5hole but that’s 2 defensive break downs…

      • kalevine says:

        yeah chara was exposed in the last 3 games let’s home we’ll remember this as the series where he lost his mojo forever

        • mksness says:

          i don’t really know if he was exposed or just bloody tired. looking for the big hit in my opinion cost boston. they always seem to be looking for a way to take someone’s head off and that lead to some scoring chances or actually wearing themselves down.

      • Bill says:

        Just kidding. Rask was great all playoffs.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • mksness says:

          :-p i was getting annoyed about how every series was about the goalie though. i mean when every shot comes from the outside these guys aren’t gonna make too many mistakes. for the series i thought crawford had to deal with more scoring chances and had to make much better saves. he might have done it while battling shots and not looking” technically” sound as the experts would say but he kept his team in and gave them a chance to win

  3. habsfaninboston says:

    Gonna have trouble sleeping tonight. Can’t wait till tomorrow.

  4. gerrybell says:

    best 17 seconds of hockey i have seen since 93.

    g
    b

  5. habsfan0 says:

    I’m sure Marc Bergevin is feeling a tinge of pride tonight.

  6. parkex says:

    Yeah baby! Hawks win, Bruins get short summer WITHOUT Cup, PK wins the Norris & all is right with the world. Most importantly, hockey won tonight!

  7. jo_maka says:

    Now that Boston lost, my world makes sense again :)

  8. Habs and Horns says:

    That collapse was one of the sweetest things that I have seen. I didn’t think that there was a non-Habs thing that would bring me up out of my chair in such excitement!!

  9. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder how many Dunkin’ Donuts Claude Julien will devour tonight in an effort to forget what just happened.

  10. on2ndthought says:

    Well, I’ll give Bruin fans a pass tonight; they booed Bettman and cheered Stanley. I’ve been touting Bick a while now, but that last goal was Toevs, Toevs and Kane, Kane: 4 great plays, the goal was a tap in that Gomez wouldn’t have missed (sorry Scotty). Speaking of Scotty, he looked great out celebrating, wish that brain was on our side.

    “a cannonading drive”

  11. Timo says:

    Yeah, I thought Keith played like crap.

    Seabrooke, on the other hand, I like.

  12. Habcouver says:

    Great series. The best team prevailed.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  13. H.Upmann says:

    Bickell had a knee sprain??? Wtf

    • Chuck says:

      What a wimp. Try doing it with a torn biceps or punctured lung. :)

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  14. Habs_4_ever says:

    Yesssss!!! Yesssss!!!! yesssss!!!

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    “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

  15. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    This might be the second best feeling after the Habs winning the Cup…LOL

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  16. habsoakville says:

    Thank god – this should be the end of all Tukka Rask lovin’. I know he played well to get to game 6 of the finals but the way the media was blowing him was surreal. He looked like crap on all 3 goals tonight. Looked a little like Reimer in game 7 against Boston. I guess Corey Crawford has stepped up and taken away Price’s right to be no 1 goalie in Russia – hopefully this motivates Price to be better.

  17. The Jackal says:

    Can’t believe Rask was on his knees for the cup-losing-goal. Trade his ass!!!!

    :D

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  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Guess who failed to cover Bickell in front of the net on the tying goal?

  19. Timo says:

    Rum is aflowing!

  20. The Dude says:

    Well that was some great Finals hockey…NOW SIGN BICKELL,lol

  21. habsfan0 says:

    Claude Julien is claiming the Blackhawks are embellishing their celebration.

    • Chuck says:

      :)

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      Anyone but the Sens! (Check.) And Boston (Triple check.) Oh, and the Laffs, too. (Double check.)

  22. johnnylarue says:

    Gut-wrenching and beautiful!

    Also: I was wrong–the Boston fans kept it classy (though perhaps they didn’t boo Gary as loudly as they could have…)

    Also also: Kane said his line w/ Toews and Bickell has “comfortability”.

    Here I was thinking that was a quality reserved for La-Z-Boy recliners possessing the coveted built-in “vibrate” function.

  23. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    When is the last time a team won two Cups so close with two different starting goalies? Sort of like the Redskins wining Super Bowls with different QBs and RBs…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  24. habs-hampton says:

    Just watching the Boston local NBC feed. Neeley looks like he’s going to throw up!

  25. Propwash says:

    Congrats to the Hawks for their cup win!

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  26. Plekasuares says:

    Cant wait for the day that is us with Gio lifting the cup and giving to pleks and the crew etc etc etc!!!

  27. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Thank you Chicago.

  28. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Oh dear. But my Bruins?

    NOT!

    heh heh heh.

  29. jphk says:

    So the big bad team won right??? Oh, sorry, there was some fast skaters here and there. Amazing win by the Haws! Nice antidote to last year borefest!

  30. habsfan0 says:

    Seeing the Bruins choke tonight the way they did,I’m sure a lot of Laff fans are smiling tonight.

  31. habs-hampton says:

    Why in the world would they boo Bettman in Boston??? Didn’t he win the Conn Smythe in 2011?

    I almost feel sorry for Gary, he’s got a lot of explaining to do to Jacobs tomorrow!

  32. Plekasuares says:

    swell.swell.

  33. Timo says:

    PG? Did I just see Gauthier?

  34. durocher says:

    Shaw bleeding, hoisting the Cup. That’s what it’s all about.

    Coach Q finally put in Leddy, and he drew a PP right away, and was effective down the stretch. The other five D may have benefited from a full rotation.

  35. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I pulled a “Miami Heat fan” and walked away with 2min to go. Came back to the TV and….unbelievable. Still shocked. Finally the best regular season team wins one.

    BTW it couldn’t have happened to a “nicer” group of fans…LOL.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  36. Dust says:

    The hawks were the best team in the league all year long. Its nice to see the president trophy winner also win the stanley cup

  37. Timo says:

    Riots in Boston tonight?

    • kalevine says:

      they don’t have to riot here…now they just turn their attention to the sox, then the pats. Unlike Montreal, hockey isn’t te only game in town here

  38. habsfan0 says:

    Training camps open in 2 and a half months.
    I’m ready.

  39. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh heh.
    I love it.
    Watching all the chronically negative posters revelling in another team’s loss.
    An orgy of anti-support.

    Kinda sad when it all comes down to it.

    Good work by the Bruins fans for booing Bettman throughout his speech. That was awesome.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HardHabits says:

      It’s not just the loss… it’s the way it happened. What an epic fail.

      • The Jackal says:

        Epic fail? Mind you, I’m glad the B’s lost, but the winning goal was a gift from the hockey gods. Puck hits the post and bounces right onto Bolland’s stick. Sometimes, that’s how you win.

        B’s were full value, but in the end, the Hawks came out on top. Maybe they would have won in OT, but the winning goal was a freak goal. Thankfully, it was against the right team :D

        ______________________
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        • HardHabits says:

          I am an atheist. There are no hockey gods. :-P Luck maybe but skill, and I mean more skill than luck. Frolik made a great tip on Oduya’s shot. It went off the post and Bolland buried it. No skill, no luck.

          • The Jackal says:

            Skill, luck… sometimes they come together in amazing ways. That’s why you need skill (and size). :D

            ______________________
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        • kalevine says:

          it WAS an epic fail, sure you need a little luck, but the puck bouncing off the post in the first place, 15 secs after the tying goal, that should tell you something in itself about the B’s collapse. HAWKS were full value for the win and the series

          • The Jackal says:

            Yeah I mean I guess you can say it was an epic fail, but maybe not a collapse. The Hawks looked to be the team that was gonna lose tonight, until the final few minutes. Not to say they do not deserve it, but did the Bruins collapse? It was only a one goal lead. The Hawks deserved the win, but the Bruins did not exactly lose the game for themselves, which is what a collapse implies, they were just unable to close.

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    • Adidess says:

      Give it a rest, Mattyleg.

      The Habs weren’t playing tonight. Their archrival was and they lost the Cup. In life, one can be happy with the little things, until you’re lucky enough to get the rare big joy, if at all.

      Life isn’t full of great big joys, like cup win by one’s favorite team. I can’t think of anyone here who wouldn’t be happy if the Habs won the Cup, so maybe some people are negative because they’re impatient and would like to see the Habs as a contender, which we are not.

  40. PrimeTime says:

    Where are all the conspirators??

  41. jols101 says:

    Lots of Chicago red at the Boston Garden.

    I love this. Next best thing to our Habs winning is watching the Bruins lose. Awesome.

  42. Timo says:

    When was the last time presidential trophy winners wont the cup?

  43. PrimeTime says:

    Is Rask now a “sieve”. Clutch?? So many fkn bandwagoneers here!!

    Lil Dude – talent beats your mystical Gladiators!! FU

  44. Marc10 says:

    Beautiful! The birds are chirping, the sun is out, there’s a cool breeze in the air… Oh yeah, and the Blackhawks defeated Evil!

    Well done Chicago!

  45. Mavid says:

    worth staying up late for…night all..happy dreams of the chowdaheads crying in their beer

  46. Peter Young says:

    Congratulations to the Blackhawks. The finish could not have gone better. The loss, at home, must surely hurt the Bruins to the quick. Justice was done.

  47. Chuck says:

    I will take great pleasure in knowing that tonight Jack Edwards will not sleep like a baby.

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    Anyone but the Sens! (Check.) And Boston (Triple check.) Oh, and the Laffs, too. (Double check.)

  48. Timo says:

    It is incredible the amount of abuse Toews took from Chara. Holy shit. What a dude. Hopefully Gallagher follows in his footsteps.

  49. Mondou6 says:

    I never tire of seeing the Bruins lose. And Bettman loudly booed is a bonus.

  50. durocher says:

    Gary Bettman, just quit already, no one likes you.

  51. habsfaninboston says:

    What a sweet sight to see that cup being paraded on Boston ice by the opposition.

  52. Timo says:

    Congratulations, Blackhawks!!!

  53. PrimeTime says:

    Kane is taller and bigger than Lil Dude.

  54. Mavid says:

    ***sigh*** the holy grail..so beautiful..and they booo butthead some more

  55. durocher says:

    Let the countdown to Kane’s epic bender begin

  56. AH says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
    SCREW YOU BRUINS!!!!!!!!!!!

    WAY TO GO HAWKS!!!!!!

    WHOOOO! HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  57. HardHabits says:

    It was a very entertaining series. Kudos to both teams.

    • kalevine says:

      yeah I am delighted the Bruins lost but they did play a part in a great series

      • HardHabits says:

        That finish was sweet. What a way to lose. Total humiliation. Especially to happen to a team with the way they goon it up. The Bruins are still a stacked and deep team and a model for building a contender, but like the Broad Street Bullies of yore, this edition of the Bruins is a quintessential goon squad. They’ve been targeting Toews with impunity. But what a warrior Toews is drawing all the Bruins ire on him. I think Toews should have gotten the Conn Smythe.

  58. scuba says:

    Suck on that Brad Marchand, Zedeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference, Tyler Seguin, Claude Julien, Rene Rancourt, PJ Stock, Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, Peter Cherelli, Jeremy Jacobs, Colin Campbel, Marc Rechi, Tim Thomas, Cam Neely. Holy S#$t that was fun to watch.

  59. habsfan0 says:

    In the final 76 seconds of this series, Tuukka Rask played like he did all season long against the Habs.

  60. Dust says:

    Kane with the Con Smyth.. I’m a little surprised but i guess no one really stood out

  61. Mavid says:

    hahaha and they booo butthead loudly..give the kuckledraggers credit for that at least

  62. Timo says:

    I hope Cam Nealy’s fat head explodes.

  63. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bruins fans – don’t boo Gary Bettman. How many cups did you want him to gift you?

  64. Adidess says:

    Can’t wait to see whom Julien will accuse of embellishment tonight, which of course caused them to lose.

  65. habsfaninboston says:

    Life around Boston is going to be great!

    • kalevine says:

      yup, and I will oh so gladly eat crow for predicting that the Boo-ins would win it all. I was wrong I was wrong I was wrong! And what an embarrassing way to lose, in the last minute in front of their home town fans!

  66. Plekasuares says:

    BUCCCCKKKKKK THE FRUUUUUUUUUUIIIIIINNNNNNSSSSSSS

  67. mrhabby says:

    Suck it cam neely

  68. PrimeTime says:

    What a finish. Awesome!!

  69. mrhabby says:

    Hey don cherry….no game 7. Epic choke…..

    Have a donut claude julien.

  70. jedimyrmidon says:

    YEEEEEESSSSSSSS!

  71. Chuck says:

    One day soon, that will be us.

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  72. HabFanSince72 says:

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  73. Timo says:

    Chara – FU!
    Ference – FU!
    Lucic – FU!
    Bergeron – FU!
    Julien – FU!
    Horton – FU!
    JohnyB – FU!
    Thornton – FU!
    Nealy – FU!
    Chiarelli – FU!
    Rat face (chanpian) – FU!

  74. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Finally, exactly what they deserve! Well done, Chicago!


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