General Manager Pierre Gauthier announced Tuesday that the club has bought out the contract of forward Georges Laraque
, which was scheduled to run until the end of the 2010-11 season. No financial terms were disclosed.
Laraque, 33, played in 28 games with the Canadiens in 2009-10, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists, along with 28 penalty minutes. In 61 career regular-season games during his two seasons with the Canadiens, Laraque recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and 89 PIM.
In 695 regular-season games with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and the Canadiens, Laraque has 53 goals and 153 points, along with 1,126 PIM. He has also played in 57 playoff games, going 4-8-12 with 72 PIM.