NHL Notes: Canadiens buy out Tomas Kaberle

NHL Notes: Canadiens buy out Tomas Kaberle
June 29, 2013, 9:00 am
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Tomas Kaberle appeared in 10 games last season with the Canadiens. (USA Today Images)

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens used a compliance buyout Friday on defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

The 14-year NHL veteran had a year remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.25 million.

The NHL teams are allowed to buy out two players under the new collective bargaining agreement. The Canadiens used their first one to buy out center Scott Gomez before the lockout-shortened season.

Kaberle spent two seasons with the Canadiens. He had three goals and 25 points in 53 regular-season games. He was acquired Dec. 9, 2011, from Carolina in exchange for Jaroslav Spacek.

Senators: Alfredsson returning for 18th season
OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson will be returning for an 18th season with the Ottawa Senators.

The 40-year-old Alfredsson had been contemplating retirement after last season, but the Senators received word from his agent Friday letting them know he'd be back.

Alfredsson has been Ottawa's captain for 14 seasons.

In 47 regular-season games last year, the Swede had 10 goals and 16 assists. In the playoffs, he scored four goals and six assists in 10 games. The six-time all-star has 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 career regular-season games.

Sochi Olympics: NHL agreement close?
NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will try to wrap up a deal Monday allowing NHL players to compete in the Sochi Olympics.

He says the league will meet in New York with the players' association, the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation.

Bettman spoke Thursday after a session with the Board of Governors. He says the board has given him the authority to finish the deal. Bettman said "that's something we will try and conclude an agreement with."

Having the NHL players compete in the games would mean a break in next year's NHL regular season of about two weeks in February.

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