Free agent Kaberle nears deal with KHL club

UFA Tomas Kaberle tells a Czech outlet that he is nearing a deal with the KHL.

Tomas Kaberle looks to be the latest aging NHL player to take his diminishing talents across the pond.

According to a report from Czech site, the veteran defenceman is nearing a deal with Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The 35-year-old Kaberle became an unrestricted free agent on July 5 after his contract with the Montreal Canadiens, which carried a $4.25-million cap hit through 2013-14, was bought out by the club on June 28. Kaberle’s buyout marked the club’s second and final compliance buyout and freed up cap space for the off-season.

Kaberle played just 10 games for the Habs in 2012-13, registering a career-low three assists. A frequent healthy scratch, he had slipped on the team’s depth chart and was not called upon in the postseason.

During the lockout, Kaberle scored six points in 10 games for HC Kladno of his native Czech league.

In 984 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes and Canadiens, the defenceman scored 87 goals and 476 assists. Kaberle played in four NHL all-star games and won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Bruins in 2011.

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