The National Hockey League trade deadline is set for Apr. 3 and teams are calling around the league to find trade partners. During the lockout-shortened season, more teams look to be in the playoff hunt and there may be some big moves coming soon.
The Montreal Canadians could look to add a few players to their roster and continue their run towards the postseason. Additionally, the team has a few players they wouldn’t mind unloading to a willing team. Tomas Kaberle is one of those players.
The Canadiens traded for Kaberle and his $4.25 million cap hit during the 2011 season. The Czech had been one of the best puck moving defenseman in the NHL for a number of years, and the Habs were hoping bringing him back to Canada would help him get back to form.
Kaberle was drafted 204th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and played 11 seasons with the team, before being moved the trade deadline in 2010 to the Boston Bruins. Once at the TD Garden, his outstanding puck moving defenseman status was gone.
This season with the Canadiens, Kaberle has played in only 10 games and hasn’t seen game action since Mar. 5. The 35-year old has only manage to tally three assists with a plus-four this season.
The Canadians would welcome a trade that involved Kaberle before the trade deadline this season. However, moving Kaberle and his cap hit is highly unlikely. If a trade isn’t made before Apr. 3, the Habs may be forced to use their amnesty on him and send him packing after the season.