The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Jakub Jerabek to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old defender was missing from practice this morning, after the Habs played the Flyers in Philadelphia Tuesday night. Now, we know why.
For his services, the Caps are sending out a fifth round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to the Habs.
The veteran blue liner is currently in his first season in North America after coming over this summer from the Kontinental Hockey League. He played 25 games in the NHL, scoring one goal for a total of four points. He played in 17 games with the Habs' farm club in the American Hockey League, the Laval Rocket, with whom he managed to tally one goal and 10 assists.
He has been a healthy scratch lately, and now the worst was confirmed for Habs fans as they Canadiens decided to pick up something for him as he was drawing some interest around the league rather than to give him a shot next season.
This is the first trade made by the Canadiens at the deadline, and it can be expected that more are to come before Monday afternoon as other players like captain Max Pacioretty and veteran forward Tomas Plekanec have been mentioned in trade chatter for the past weeks.
Jerabek is expected to add to the Caps' lineup, as the team is already in place for a playoff race. He is known to be an agile puck mover and will add strength on both ends of the ice for Washington.
He is set to become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season.
Jerabek commented the trade rumors yesterday to Arpon Basu, just last night, and here is what he had to say, without knowing he would be on the move today: