Au revoir: Bourque clears waivers, off to AHL

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Rene Bourque is out of Montreal — for now.

On Monday, the Habs announced the veteran forward cleared waivers and will be sent to AHL Hamilton, a dramatic fall from grace for a guy who, earlier this spring, led the Habs in playoff goals (eight) en route to the Eastern Conference Final.

 

Bourque, 32, had no goals and two assists through 13 games this year while averaging a career-low 12:21 TOI per game. With his demotion, the Habs will be partially relieved of his $3.33 million cap hit — $925,000, to be specific — but Bourque still has this season and the next remaining on his six-year, $20 million deal.

This move wasn’t all about finances, however. Therrien alluded to the fact that demoting Bourque would open up an opportunity for Jiri Sekac to get more playing time; Sekac, the 22-year-old Czech rookie, has two goals and three points in eight games this year and has impressed with his skill set and offensive capabilities.