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

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.

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