Source: Last Word on Hockey
The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Jakub Jerabek from the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday afternoon. Washington sent their 2019 fifth round pick to Montreal for the 26-year old blueliner.
Jerabek tallied one goal and four points in 25 games in his rookie season with the Canadiens, who signed him as an undrafted unrestricted free agent May 1, 2017. He has a -1 rating this season.
TRADE | The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Jakub Jerabek from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 21, 2018
Before coming over to the NHL, Jerabek tallied 16 goals and 99 points in 308 games in the Czech League. He also piled five goals and 34 points in 59 games in the KHL.
The Capitals made this acquisition as a corresponding move to defenseman Taylor Chorney being claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on waivers. Chorney, 30, recorded a goal and five points in 24 games with the Capitals this season and had a +8 rating but struggled getting in the lineup. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The Capitals also needed to send somebody down after acquiring Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. He is expected to make his Capitals debut against the Florida Panthers tomorrow night.
Jerabek can become an unrestricted free agent after the season and carries a $925,000 cap hit. He tallied a goal, 11 points, and a +10 rating in 17 games with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, Montreal’s AHL affiliate.
He tallied four goals and nine points in 17 games playing internationally with the Czech Republic last season. He had a -2 rating in the tournament.
This could possibly mean Madison Bowey, who has 12 assists and a -3 rating in 51 games, could be sent down to Hershey.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 PM eastern time so Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan will continue evaluating the team to see what he needs to add by then.
By Harrison Brown
looks like he is a decent acquisition at first glance.
Until this team learns to play DESPERATE the way the best teams in the NHL do for a full 60 minutes game after game until it becomes a habit, I’m afraid the acquisitions of Kempny and Jerabek won’t amount to a hill of beans…
Why the Caps’ players need to be told and told and told and told and told over and over and over and over and over again to do that makes no sense to me…
Either they have the wrong players or they have the wrong coaches–maybe both…
Respectfully requesting you to not comment the same thing on every post, Cliff. Its getting kinda old. We get it, the Caps need urgency. We all know it.
I thought it was odd that the Caps acquired not just one left handed Czech depth defenseman but two left handed Czech depth defensemen. They do need help in defense, certainly. Fun fact, the last name Jerabek was derived from jerab, the Czech word for crane and was a nickname for a tall person. (Funny, he’s not all that tall.) He seemed to have pretty good advanced stats.
I am not sure he will help much
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