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.

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(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

663 Comments

  1. Timo says:

    New thread alert.

  2. Habsbill24 says:

    Chara’s day is done. Long past his prime. This series showed it. Glad to see him pile up the minuses on the ice. Great to see two goals in the last minute or so stick a dagger in the bunch of creeps that call themselves the Bruins. Julien saying guys were playing hurt. Maybe they should have consulted Dr. Recchi before game 7. Way to blow it Bruins.

  3. Bill says:

    Eight players still on the Hawks from the last Cup team four years ago. Seems like a fair amount of turnover, but they really rebuilt quickly and did so by keeping the core intact. Smart management.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  4. habsfan0 says:

    I bet Don Cherry will close tonight’s show by claiming he fully expects the Laffs to be in this position 1 year from now.

  5. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Good morning, all! (It is here, a GREAT morning).

    Any closet Bruins fans – much worthier this time than last, looked unstoppable at times. Crowd cheering the Cup and booing Bettman was classy. Glad Bergeron’s not in hospital.

    Everyone else, WHOOOOOOOO! Karma City! I cannot believe Jonathan Toews — he’s unreal.

    Enjoy!

  6. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I think we can agree after watching these playoffs the Habs still have a lot of work to do…

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

  7. habsfan0 says:

    In sad news tonight,Jack Edwards just ended it.

    Does anyone have a link to Jack Edwards calling those last 2 Chicago goals?
    I normally hate to hear a grown man cry,but in this case I’ll make an exception.

  8. H.Upmann says:

    hello leddy gf

  9. Chuck says:

    Y’know, for being one of the best defensemen in the league Chara can play some pretty bad defense. :)

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

  10. Lil Snapper says:

    All I can say is Thank You sweet Jesus!!! I could not watch Chara raise another cup!

  11. AH says:

    Everytime I see Scotty Bowman, I do a big sigh……………

  12. habsfan0 says:

    Nathan Horton is an a–hole.
    Until the next time I see him play,when he’ll be wearing a Habs uni.


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