The New York Islanders have announced that they’ve signed free agent forward Jan Kovar to a one year contract.
Isles Transaction: The team has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with forward Jan Kovar. Kovar has averaged over a point per game (286) in 285 KHL games played the past five seasons.
The 28 year old Kovar has been a point per game player over his five seasons in the KHL, scoring 97 goals and 286 points in 285 games.
Update: Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that Kovar’s one year deal comes with a cap hit of $2 million.
Jan Kovar’s one-year deal with the Isles is worth $2M.
Now, no one is going to confuse Kovar for departed superstar John Tavares anytime soon, but it's clear that the Islanders see Kovar as someone who can step into their top six forward group and provide some offense. The 28 year old forward could play alongside free agent addition Valtteri Filppula or even on the top line with emerging superstar Matthew Barzal.
Read below for the full press release courtesy of the Islanders’ official website:
The New York Islanders announced today that forward Jan Kovar has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Kovar, 28, played the last five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Magnitogorsk Metallurg, averaging over a point per game with 286 points (97 goals and 189 assists) in 285 games played. He matched career years in the 2013-14 (54 games played) and 2014-15 season (60 games played) with 68 points.
Prior to his years in the KHL, Kovar played for Plzen HC in the Czech Extraliga. The Pisek, Czech Republic native scored 162 points (60 goals and 102 assists) in 236 games played. His final two seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13) he scored 51 points in 52 games.
Kovar has represented Czech Republic internationally at five World Championships (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013), scoring 19 points (six goals and 13 assists) in 42 games. In 2008, he played on the World Junior Championship team for Czech Republic and scored over a point per game with eight (one goal and seven assists) in five games.