The Montreal Canadiens officially announced the signing of former KHL defenceman Jakub Jerabek to a one-year contract.
Canadiens agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent Jakub Jerabek. DETAILS -> https://t.co/jqnSNpKfvT.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 1, 2017
Due to the CBA, Jerabek could only sign a one-year contract.
If Jakub Jerabek does indeed sign with the Canadiens (nothing confirmed yet), he would be signing a one-year entry level deal, as per CBA pic.twitter.com/jWevwl80fd— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) April 26, 2017
The AAV for the contract will be a base $925,000.
Max 1-year ELC with signing bonus but no performances bonuses ($832.5k salary, $92.5k sb and $70k in AHL); total AAV of $925k https://t.co/oOyM3FVoxz— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 1, 2017
The move was reported last week by R Sport, a Russian news agency and we talked about the team’s interest in him. Jerabek is from the Czech Republic and played last year at the World Championships with Tomas Plekanec. He had five assists in the Worlds last year.
Jerabek is a left-handed shot. He is 25, and had five goals and 29 assists (34 points) in 59 games for Vityaz Podolsk. He is listed at 5’11, 190 lbs and has a lot of offensive skill and with that comes concerns about his defensive play.
He added a goal and an assist in four playoff games. It was his first season in the KHL. His 34 points were good for fifth among KHL defencemen.
Before moving to the KHL, he played in the Czech Extraliga, and had 99 points in 308 career games.
His agent, Michal Sivek, posted this picture of him making it official.
Jakub Jeřábek je oficiálně členem Montreal Canadiens pic.twitter.com/5lQyBc3lr4— Michal Sivek (@michalsivek) May 1, 2017
Jerabek had the choice of several NHL teams, much like his countryman Michal Kempny, who the Habs were reportedly also interested in.
A top offensive defensemen in the KHL is coming to NHL. Jakub Jerabek from Czech has multiple NHL offers, will be deciding in next week.— Allan Walsh (@walsha) April 2, 2017