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Goodbye, Kaberle

Alright folks, here it is: shocker of all shockers, the Montreal Canadiens are using their second compliance buyout on Tomas Kaberle (as per Sportsnet, and various other sources).

This may not really be news - anyone following the Habs knew Kaberle was as good as gone - but I want to take a moment to recognize Kaberle for his professionalism. He was never given a shot by the new management team, yet Kaberle never complained, never ruffled feathers, and was the consumate professional all year long, based on every report I read that mentioned him. Over and over teammates praised his work in practice. He often showed up for optional practices when many regulars would not.

Oh, and you know what? When he played, he actually wasn't that bad. Kaberle can still bring value to the powerplay, and put in solid #6 minutes. He just can't do it for $4.5 million.

Thank you and good luck, Tomas, we hardly knew ya. 

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Hippy Dave's avatar

I’ve always liked Kaberle, when healthy, he’s a great player.  I’d love to see him man the point on the Wings for a year at the right price.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/24/13 at 02:29 AM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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