Tomas Plekanec has been a fixture for the Canadiens for more than a decade, but his run with the team has come to an end — and this time it’s likely to stick.
General manager Marc Bergevin announced Friday that Plekanec will be placed on waivers Saturday for the purpose of terminating his contract.
The 36-year-old center has appeared in only three games this season after re-signing with Montreal over the summer following a trade to Toronto last season. One of those games, Oct. 15 against the Red Wings, was the 1,000th of Plekanec’s NHL career and featured his lone goal of the season.
Plekanec was a healthy scratch for the Habs’ first three games this season, then landed on injured reserve due to a lower back injury after playing Oct. 17 against the Blues. Before that game, the Canadiens presented Plekanec with a silver stick in recognition of his 1,000th game.
A native of the Czech Republic, Plekanec was selected by the Canadiens with the 71st overall pick in the 2001 NHL entry draft. He first donned a Montreal sweater in the 2003-04 season but became a fixture two years later.
Aside from his 17-game stint with the Maple Leafs at the end of last season and with Rytiri Kladno during the 2012 lockout, Plekanec has been a Canadien ever since.