Tuesday: Moravcik has cleared waivers and will now see his contract terminated.
Monday: The Montreal Canadiens have placed Michal Moravcik on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract termination, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Moravcik is on a two-year entry-level contract that was signed last May, but will become an unrestricted free agent when the process is complete and able to return to the Czech Republic.
Moravcik just hasn’t found a fit for the Canadiens this season, spending 20 games in the AHL with the Laval Rocket and four with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. Surely toiling away in the low minors wasn’t exactly what the 24-year old defenseman was expecting when he signed, especially given the success he has found in the Czech league over the last few years. Moravcik recorded 16 points in 52 games for HC Plzen in 2017-18 and suited up for the Czech Republic at the World Championship for the first time. He very well could be back there this year, as he certainly won’t be playing in the NHL playoffs.
For Montreal, terminating Moravcik’s contract opens up another slot under the 50-contract limit that they can use to their advantage come the trade deadline. The team has been open with the idea that they would go after bad contracts in order to acquire good players like Joel Armia, who arrived in Montreal on the back of Steve Mason’s undesirable cap hit. When this deal is terminated, the team will have 43 contracts on the books and plenty of cap space to work with.
Now there’s a bad thought: Montreal has joined Arizona as the destination for bad contracts now… How are they even in playoff contention right now??? The mind boggles…