Tomas Kaberle officially bought out by the Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens have announced that as the buyout period is now open, they've officially bought out defenseman Tomas Kaberle, after announcing their intention to do so last week.
The Montreal Canadiens have bought out Tomas Kaberle, and they didn't even think it was important enough to do a press release:
Canadiens announced today that they have use compliance buyout on Tomas Kaberle’s contract (valid until the end of the 2013-14 season).— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 28, 2013
It comes as no surprise that Kaberle has been bought out. Even though he is still a useful player if used properly, the Canadiens were going to get no trade offers when every team knows they could get Kaberle for cheap if they wait a week for a buyout to be used.
Kaberle could still be of use for a lot of teams lacking offensive depth from the blueline, so I expect him to get another NHL job. Also working in his favour is how well he took being a healthy scratch 43 times last season. Not once did we hear a complaint from Kaberle in 2013 about ice time or usage, in a city where every complaint seems to get out.
You may not like Kaberle because he's a risk defensively, but I think he's a good guy and it showed this year. Good luck for the rest of your career, Tomas.