The Montreal Canadiens knew that they had to make a change or two after the way the 2013 season ended.
It appears that they are about to use another one of their amnesty buyouts with Tomas Kaberle. TSN has reported that the team has told Kaberle that he will be bought out. If I’m Kaberle, this is not a good thing to happen for a number of different reasons.
He is 35-years old and played in just 10 games this season. He only scored three points as well and would have earned $4.25 million this coming year. That’s highway robbery for a player who isn’t doing anything productive. Montreal did the right thing, but it leaves Kaberle in a bad position.
What team is going to want a player who isn’t doing much of anything at his age? I can’t think of a team that is going to pay him the same amount of money that he was scheduled to get next year.
It is up to Kaberle to take a one-year contract worth about $1 million and prove that he still has some worth left. It is the only way he is going to be able to stay around the NHL at this point of his career. Everyone is on a very short leash these days and not performing is going to get players traded or released now.
We will have to see where Kaberle lands next, but it is going to be a very different team in Montreal next season without the defenseman around.