After two seasons bouncing around North America, Jakub Jerabek has decided to return to the KHL. The defenseman is technically still under contract with the St. Louis Blues, but that didn’t stop the KHL from tweeting out that he has signed a one-year contract with Podolsk Vityaz, his former team. Jerabek had been playing with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, but their season ended without a playoff berth. He was not part of the Blues’ “Black Aces” recall, likely meaning the team has let him leave without issue.
Jerabek, 27, signed with the Montreal Canadiens in 2017 after an impressive KHL debut but failed to really catch on in the NHL. After 25 games for the Canadiens and 17 more for their AHL affiliate, he ended up traded to the Washington Capitals at the deadline to provide some defensive depth. Jerabek actually did get into two games with the Capitals during their Stanley Cup playoff run, but mostly sat on the sidelines and watched his team celebrate victory after victory.
In the offseason Jerabek signed a one-year, $1MM deal with the Edmonton Oilers but failed to find a place on their blue line and was traded to St. Louis just before the season began. After playing a single game with the Blues, Jerabek was placed on waivers and sent down to San Antonio. He ended up hitting the ice 52 times for the AHL club, recording 15 points and a -22 rating.