The Montreal Canadiens have made it official that Tomas Kaberle will not return to their lineup next season. The Czech Republic native will be bought out of the final year of his contract and will become a free agent on July 5th.
Kaberle was due to make 4.25 million dollars in 2012-13, but will be the second compliance buyout of the Canadiens after Scott Gomez was set free at the beginning of the season.
Kaberle became a member of the Canadiens in a deal that sent fellow defender Jaroslav Spacek to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The buyout is hardly a surprising move as Kaberle was held out of the lineup for all but 10 games this past season. He was given some power play time but his defensive game deteriorated to the point where he could not be trusted by Michel Therrien to play even strength minutes anymore.
Kaberle could make a nice power play specialist for someone next season, but it will not be for the Montreal Canadiens.