It didn’t take long for the Canadiens front office to get back to work.
Days after being ousted from the playoffs, a report has surfaced from KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins claiming that defenceman Jakub Jerabek has signed with the team.
Per source, Montreal Canadiens have come to terms with KHL free agent Jakub Jerabek.
— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) April 26, 2017
There is no official announcement of a signing just yet as Jerabek doesn’t become a free agent for another four days.
The 25-year-old Czech player just concluded his first season with Chekhov Vityaz in the KHL, managing 34 points with five goals and 29 assists.
Described as an effective two-way defenceman, Jerabek spent eight years previously playing for Plzen in the Czech Extraliga. He also played alongside current Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec at last year’s World Championship.
The addition of Jerabek adds to an already crowded blue line, with seven defencemen under club control. That doesn’t include 2016 first round pick Mikhail Sergachev, who should make the team, or Andrei Markov who is an unrestricted free agent.