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Montreal Canadiens, Michal Moravcik mutually terminate contract

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The rookie from the Czech Republic has agreed to part ways with the Canadiens organization.

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Today it was announced that the 24-year-old defenceman Michal Moravcik was placed on unconditional waivers for contract termination purposes.

Originally signed alongside David Sklenicka this summer, Moravcik was part of an overhaul at the AHL level, to bring in more talent to fill out the roster under Joel Bouchard.

For Moravcik this season was not the easiest adjustment, playing just 20 AHL games for the Laval Rocket, recording one goal and two assists. He also had previously been sent down to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL to get some ice time, and in four games he recorded two assists.

With David Schlemko and Xavier Ouellet currently occupying roster spots, and Karl Alzner lingering as well, it’s clear there wasn’t space for the Czech, and he was assigned back to Brampton this week. It’s clear that Moravcik would like to pursue another route in his professional career, which makes sense given the logjam in front of him, and his current inability to win over Bouchard at the AHL level for more playing time.

When Moravcik clears the Canadiens will be free of his cap hit of $925,000 next year, and it opens another contract spot up, leaving Montreal at 43 out of 50 total contracts.

UPDATE: Moravcik cleared waivers and the Canadiens proceeded with terminating his contract officially.