The Tomas Kaberle experiment is about to end in Montreal with the Canadiens exercising their final compliance buyout to get rid of his contract, according to TSN.
Kaberle inked a three-year, $12,750,000 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2011, but he only lasted a matter of months before they decided to trade him to the Montreal Canadiens.
He still ended up with 31 points in 72 games in 2011-12, but with Andrei Markov’s return from knee problems, Kaberle was the odd man out in 2013. He ended up playing in just 10 contests and recorded three assists.
At one time, Kaberle was a top-tier offensive defenseman. He was selected to four All-Star games as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. However, at the age of 35, those days might be behind him.
Still, the upcoming unrestricted free agent market for defenseman will likely be very thin, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team take a chance on him if Montreal buys out his contract.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.