Vet­eran for­ward Plekanec re­tires from NHL after be­ing placed on waivers by Habs

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MON­TREAL - To­mas Plekanec says he’s re­tir­ing from the NHL after the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens placed the vet­eran cen­tre on un­con­di­tional waivers for the pur­pose of ter­mi­nat­ing his con­tract.

Plekanec said at a Fri­day press con­fer­ence that while he still wants to play hockey, he’s not in­ter­ested in be­ing claimed by an­other NHL team.

“I al­ways wanted to re­tire as a Mon­treal Cana­dien,” Plekanec said. “It’s some­thing that I’m re­ally proud of.” Plekanec suited up for his 1,000th NHL game on Oct. 15, scor­ing a goal against the De­troit Red Wings.

But he has had trou­ble find­ing play­ing time with the Cana­di­ens, who are prov­ing to be deeper down the mid­dle this sea­son than ex­pected. Eigh­teen-year-old Jes­peri Kotkaniemi made the team out of train­ing camp and has Max Domi, ac­quired from Ari­zona in the off-sea­son, has found suc­cess after mov­ing to cen­tre from the wing.

The Cana­di­ens also have a wealth of young for­wards play­ing for the Amer­i­can Hockey League’s Laval Rocket. Plekanec has suited up only three times this sea­son, and hasn’t played since Oct. 17.

Jour­nal Pi­o­neer The Cana­dian Press

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