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