After adding RW Martin Frk off of waivers earlier today, the Carolina Hurricanes continued to add to their roster, announcing the signing of UFA defenseman Jakub Nakladal to a one year, $600K contract.
Nakladal made his NHL debut last season with the Flames, playing in 27 games. He picked up two goals and three assists in those contests, averaging 14:11 in ice time. He also spent time with Calgary’s AHL affiliate in Stockton, suiting up in 35 games while collecting 14 points (2-12-14).
He recently suited up for the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey, playing in all three of their games while being held off the scoresheet. He logged an average of 21:03 in ice time in those matchups.
Calgary, among other teams had shown interest in Nakladal earlier in the offseason but on two-way deals. However, the 28 year old had no desire to sign a two-way pact and intended to head back overseas if he couldn’t secure a one way deal.
With Carolina, it’s likely that Nakladal will battle with youngster Ryan Murphy for ice time on the third pairing. As Murphy is expected to miss the first couple of weeks of the season, Nakladal should be able to get into the lineup pretty quickly with the hopes of making a good first impression.
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