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Kyle Klubertanz # - D

Montreal

* Age: 24

* DOB: 1985/09/23

* POB: Madison, WI, USA

* Height: 6-1 Weight: 186lbs

* Shoots: R

* NHL Seasons: 0

* Drafted by Anaheim in 2004 (3/74).

Klubertanz, 24, played in 55 games last season with Djurgardens of the Swedish Elite League ranking second on the team, first amongst defencemen in points with 31 (12 goals, 19 assists). The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender played in five regular season games with the Portland Pirates of the AHL in 2007-2008, recording two penalty minutes. The native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin was drafted in the 3rd round, 74th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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Klubertanz looks like he could give the Habs a hard time picking their top six, at the very least the Hamilton Bulldogs will have one of the best defences in the AHL.Hamilton's defence in alphabetical order would be Carle, Henry, Klubertanz, Nash,Picard,St. Denis and Weber an upgrade from last season. This without rushing anybody up from college or junior ranks, Klubertanz,Nash and Picard the new faces seem more than adequate in the AHL. Nash and Klubertanz having an upside to be future Habs.

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More bad news - he was looking really promising to my eyes! oh well

This really blows :angry: I wanted to see Boyd get another chance and from my listening to the dogs games Klubertanz was sounding very promising! and with a bunch of aging defenders signed why wouldn't he stick around here?

Oh well, best of luck Kyle. Hope to see you come back

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I'm a little disappointed that we lost K2 as well, but I can't say it came as much of a surprise.

With the off-season signings of Emelin and Diaz and the re-signing of Gill, K2 continued to drop down the depth chart and realistically stood little chance of ever making the big club.

Faced with that stark reality and the fact that he was now officially unemployed, Kyle made the right decision and took the guaranteed two year contract.

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I'm a little disappointed that we lost K2 as well, but I can't say it came as much of a surprise.

With the off-season signings of Emelin and Diaz and the re-signing of Gill, K2 continued to drop down the depth chart and realistically stood little chance of ever making the big club.

Faced with that stark reality and the fact that he was now officially unemployed, Kyle made the right decision and took the guaranteed two year contract.

Perhaps someone can explain to me how the Habs organization can let these three guys go when they looked so promising? It's not like we have a dynamic stars on the team beyond P.K., Price and Camy? Spacek and Hamr were both looking slow and costly especially in the overtime loss to the Booooins this year. Won't be bad to see them go, but what depth do we have on the large sized defensive 2-way players? Not much beyond those that are signed and Markov won't be playing much longer with those knees, so why hold onto the old and the injured when we need walls of defensive players who can start a rush and aren't afraid to shoot? How do we let Dawes, K2 and Boyd go? This GM is sooooo frustrating! Doesn't he and especially Molson want a cup back in Montreal?

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Perhaps someone can explain to me how the Habs organization can let these three guys go when they looked so promising? It's not like we have a dynamic stars on the team beyond P.K., Price and Camy? Spacek and Hamr were both looking slow and costly especially in the overtime loss to the Booooins this year. Won't be bad to see them go, but what depth do we have on the large sized defensive 2-way players? Not much beyond those that are signed and Markov won't be playing much longer with those knees, so why hold onto the old and the injured when we need walls of defensive players who can start a rush and aren't afraid to shoot? How do we let Dawes, K2 and Boyd go? This GM is sooooo frustrating! Doesn't he and especially Molson want a cup back in Montreal?

Well as much as I hate to see them go there is some pretty good reasons why they did.

1) Dawes was essentially an AHL for life player. He was 25 years old, and could never crack an NHL line-up and produce at the level he did in the AHL, or even close to it for that matter. So why wouldn't he go to a league that would pay him more money?

2) Boyd was almost a career AHLer, I too wanted to see him back next year, but we were his 3rd NHL team at age 24. I think he could still make it in the NHL, but he just didn't seem to fit in JM's system, or the teams plans. He probably could have gotten a contract else where, but decided to go to the KHL where hes likely to get playing time and same reason with Dawes more money.

3) K2 was 25 going on 26 and had no chance of making the Habs unless injuries kicked in and/or Emelin went back to Russia. With the signing of Diaz and Emelin, as well as having Spacek and Weber (most likely) next year, he decided to go back to his old pro team in Europe. He is already familiar with his old team mates, and has a chance of receiving more playing time. For all we know we could let a player or 2 go next summer and see him come back like we did this year with Diaz, and we did with Streit.

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