Tomas Kaberle offered training camp tryout by unnamed NHL team

by Aug 18, 2:36 PM

Tomas Kaberle could be set to resume his NHL career this season, the veteran defenseman revealed Monday.

Kaberle, 36, last played in the NHL as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in 2013. The 2011 Stanley Cup champion scored 87 goals and added 476 in 984 career games, the majority of which were played with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 48 games with Kladno of the Czech League this past season, Kaberle recorded four goals and 20 assists. He also played for his native country in both the 2014 Olympics and World Championships, posting four assists in nine international contests. 

Kaberle appears to believe there's still some gas in the tank, and could be playing somewhere other than Toronto and Ottawa this season.

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Sep 30, 11:00 AM

Devils release Kaberle, Fedetenko from training camp tryouts

by Sep 30, 11:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils cut ties with a couple veterans Tuesday, releasing defenseman Tomas Kaberle and forward Ruslan Fedetenko from training camp tryouts according to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record.

Neither played in the NHL last season, and both were considered long shots to make the squad.

Scott Gomez, another training camp invite, remains with the team and could be in the mix to be in the lineup on opening night.

Sep 18, 11:43 AM

Tomas Kaberle at Devils' camp: 'I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I can make it'

by Sep 18, 11:43 AM

Tomas Kaberle isn't in New Jersey to simply catch up with Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and the rest of his Czech Republic brethren - he believes he'll be there for the long haul. 

Despite being six years Jagr's junior, Kaberle, who spent last season plying his trade in Czech Republic's top division, seemed to have reached the end when he was bought out by the Montreal Canadiens last summer.

But who knows? Maybe he's been using Jagr's weighted vest to turn back the clock.

Aug 27, 10:00 PM

Devils GM Lamoriello: We've 'talked' to veteran defender Kaberle about professional tryout

by Aug 27, 10:00 PM

The New Jersey Devils are fond of giving veteran players professional tryouts at training camp, as evidenced by the invitation the club extended to former Devils forward Scott Gomez on Wednesday. The Newark, N.J. based club is also stacked to the brim with Czech-born talent, from Jaromir Jagr, to Patrik Elias, to Marek Zidlicky, to Martin Havlat.

So if the club were to invite veteran blue-liner Tomas Kaberle to training camp, as general manager Lou Lamoriello said on Wednesday has been discussed, it would seem to just further a number of trends used in the construction of the Devils this summer.

"He has talked to us about a tryout," Lamoriello said of Kaberle on Wednesday, per The Bergen Record's Tom Gulliti. "That has not been officially confirmed yet, but he has talked to us."

The 36-year-old puck-moving defender spent the 2013-14 season with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (a club that is owned by Jagr). He also represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympic games, where he played mostly on a pairing with Devils defender Zidlicky.

Though the Devils lost Mark Fayne to unrestricted free agency this past summer, and used a compliance buyout on Anton Volchenkov's contract, they remain very deep on the back-end. Kaberle makes sense in New Jersey for a variety of reasons, but might ultimately find it tough to crack a lineup that already includes puck-movers like Andy Greene, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill, and Zidlicky.