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Habs set for Rangers, waive Kaberle

While preparing for Saturday night's tilt with the New York Rangers, the Canadiens did something many have expected all year, and waived Tomas Kaberle. Kaberle has played little this year, dressing for only 10 games. While he has played admirably, with 3 points and a +4 rating, averaging only 13 minutes a game, Kaberle has been a spare part, as coach Michel Therrien has favoured auditioning AHLers over the veteran NHLer. To Kaberle's credit, he hasn't complained one bit, despite the fact that by all accounts he really wants to play.

The Habs likely made this move to stay flexible towards the deadline, as he represents $4.25 million towards the salary cap. So, who could the Habs be looking at?

I've mentioned Ryan Clowe in the past, and the other name that I think makes a lot of sense is Jaromir Jagr. Yes, Jagr is 41, but he'd immediately add presence to Montreal's sleepy powerplay, and he's demonstrated chemistry with Tomas Plekanec in the past. Robyn Regehr is another name that I could see surfacing in Montreal, as he'd add a rugged, veteran element to the 5-6 defence pairing that would be a benefit heading into the playoffs.

As for tonight's game, despite Peter Budaj's incredible performance Wednesday in the Habs 6-5 win over the Bruins - one of the more thrilling Habs games of the past few years - Carey Price slots back in against a Rangers team the Canadiens have beaten twice already this year.

Brandon Prust slots back in with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, after a lengthy stay on the sidelines. Is he the tonic needed to get Galchenyuk back on the scoresheet?

Should be a good game. Puck drop at 7.

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