UPDATE: Tomas Plekanec has cleared unconditional waivers, and will now have his contract bought out. His NHL career will come to an end, and he will resume his playing career back in Europe.
WIN puts Logan Shaw on waivers to sign him. Plekanec clears— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 11, 2018
On Tomas Plekanec, he’ll be back in Czech Republic in the middle of next week and will finish the season in Europe. 7 teams already contacted him.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) November 11, 2018
The Montreal Canadiens have placed veteran Czech centre Tomas Plekanec on unconditional waivers in what will be the start of terminating Plekanec’s contract with the Canadiens.
Plekanec has been a longtime fan favourite in Montreal and recently played his 1000th NHL game. He was traded at the trade deadline last season to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a 2018 second-round draft pick (a pick that was used to pick Jacob Olofsson). Olofsson is the only player who remains in the organization as Valiev and Rychel were traded.
Plekanec played three games for the Canadiens this season, scoring one goal. In 1001 career NHL games, he has 233 goals and 375 assists. He also played 94 playoff games with 18 goals and 35 assists.
It’s unclear if Plekanec will continue with his hockey career or if there is interest from a club in Europe prolong his career in anyway.