Defenseman Tomas Kaberle will play for the Kladno Knights of the Czech Extraliga for the duration of the NHL lockout. He joins Tomas Plekanec, both of whom came up through Kladno en route to their NHL careers.
Plekanec has already played two games for Kladno totalling a goal and three assists including two assists in a 4-1 win over Vitkovice Friday night.
Currently committed to European teams during the lockout are Kaberle and Plekanec along with Max Pacioretty and Raphael Diaz at Zug Switzerland and Yannick Weber with Geneva plus Alexei Emelin at Kazan Russia. Diaz has played one game for Zug without a point while Pacioretty has yet to be included in their lineup. Weber scored the winning goal in a 2-1 Geneva win over Langnau Friday night.
In his previous stint with Kladno, Kaberle scored 39 points in 49 games. At the time, he was contracted to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kaberle is one of four members of the current Canadiens who rode out the 2004-05 lockout in Europe. The other three are Francis Bouillon in Leksand Sweden. (21GP 6-12 18pts); Erik Cole – Berlin Eisbaeren – Deutsche Elite Liga (39GP 6-21 27pts); Andrei Markov – Dynamo Moscow (42GP 8-12 20pts). Additionally, the contracts of Brian Gionta and Travis Moen were transfered to their team’s minor league affiliates and Scott Gomez went home to Anchorage where he played for the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.