The Montreal Canadiens had a fantastic regular season, having come into the shortened 2013 campaign without much to talk about as far as their expectations are concerned. But that doesn’t make their first round loss any less disappointing. This team will be working on their roster quite a bit this summer.
One hot topic surrounding this team, even since the end of the lockout, has been the availability of those compliance buyouts that were given to teams in order to help lighten the load of having to deal with a lower salary cap. Montreal has already used one of their buyouts, having pulled the trigger on that before the season even started.
Scott Gomez was one of the first casualties of the available buyouts, with the noted bust in a race with Wade Redden at the time to see who would get bought out first. As sure a bet as Gomez was to get bought out, the Habs may have another player on their roster who is also a sure thing to get bought out this summer.
Tomas Kaberle is something of an unwanted defenseman these days for the Montreal Canadiens. In his second season with the club after he was acquired midway through the year in 2011-2012, Kaberle could be bound for a buyout as he nears the final year of his contract.
Kaberle played in only 10 games for the Habs during the shortened season, finishing the year with three assists, a plus-4 rating, and 11 blocked shots. He didn’t appear in a game after March 5th, which includes any postseason appearances. The Habs instead decided to dress Jarred Tinordi in order to get some size into the lineup.
The buyouts are available, so teams are going to use them. Kaberle is really the only one who makes any sort of sense. He carries a $4.25 million cap hit for next season, and is pretty much useless for this club. He’s pretty much a lock to be looking for a new home this summer.