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Tomas Kaberle close to KHL deal after rough couple of NHL years

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Kaberle played in just 10 games this past season, averaging 13:33 per game. (USATSI)
Kaberle played in just 10 games this past season, averaging 13:33 per game. (USATSI)

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Last we saw of Tomas Kaberle in the NHL, he was sitting in the press box for Canadiens games with the inevitable contract buyout to follow. That very well could be the last we see if Kaberle in the NHL.

The veteran defenseman who has bounced around the league the past couple of seasons after having 15 strong years in Toronto, didn't figure to have many NHL prospects at this point, but there's always the KHL for guys in his position. It looks like that's exactly what he's going to do.

According to a report from isport.cz (as translated/tweeted by Igor Eronko), Kaberle is close to a deal to play with KHL Dynamo Minsk.

The Czech Republic national played only 10 games this past season with the Canadiens. He ended up in Montreal after Carolina traded Kaberle away just 29 games into a three-year, $12.75 million contract he signed two summers ago. The writing was on the wall that his time in the NHL has likely passed.

Instead of retiring, Kaberle will take the option to play closer to home in Europe. Perhaps part of the aim is to perform well enough and make a claim to represent the Czech Republic in the Olympics again as he has done in the past three Olympic tournaments.

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