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Well-traveled Sekac signs in KHL

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After a tumultuous campaign, Jiri Sekac is headed to Russia.

On Monday, KHL club Ak Bars Kazan announced it had signed Sekac, after the 23-year-old Czech split last season between Anaheim, Chicago and Arizona.

All told, Sekac played for four different organizations during his brief two-year NHL stint.

He broke in with Montreal during the ’14-15 campaign and got off to a good start — seven goals and 15 points in 50 games — but eventually fell out of the lineup, and was shipped to Anaheim for Devante Smith-Pelly.

With the Ducks, Sekac showed flashes (seven points in 19 games), but was a non-factor in the playoffs. Midway through this year, Anaheim flipped Sekac to Chicago for Ryan Garbutt.

The Chicago tenure was the least successful of ’em all. Sekac played just six games for the ‘Hawks before getting put on waivers, and was claimed by the Coyotes.

Sekac closed out the year by playing 11 games for Arizona, scoring just two points. He was in the last of a two-year, $2.7 million deal and a pending RFA.

Caps place Brooks Laich on waivers; Coyotes claim Jiri Sekac


A lot of activity on the waiver wire on Saturday.

The Washington Capitals have placed veteran Brooks Laich on waivers.

The 32-year-old has been with the Capitals since 2003-04 and has had some productive seasons, but those days appear to be long gone.

Laich has just one goal and seven points in 59 games this season.

He has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million which makes anyone else claiming him extremely unlikely.

Should the Caps decide to send him to the minors, they’d save $950,000 on the cap.

Max Talbot (Bruins) and Chris Porter (Wild) were also placed on waivers by their respective teams.

With Mikkel Boedker likely on his way out of Arizona, the Coyotes claimed forward Jiri Sekac on waivers from the ‘Hawks.

Sekac has an intriguing combination of size and skill, but he’s been unable to put it all together since coming to the NHL last season.

This will be his fourth stop (Montreal, Anaheim, Chicago, Arizona) in less than two seasons.

The 23-year-old has one goal and four points in 28 games in 2015-16.

Roundup: ‘Hawks waive Sekac, Leafs waive Cowen, Malone clears

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A few notable transactions to pass your way in advance of Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline…

— Chicago has waived Jiri Sekac, just one month after acquiring him from Anaheim in exchange for Ryan Garbutt. Sekac, 23, appeared in just six games for Chicago, registering one assist while averaging 10:04 TOI per night.

It’s worth noting Chicago is Sekac’s third team since breaking in with Montreal during the ’14-15 campaign. He’s currently in the last of a two-year, $2.7M deal with a $1.35 average annual cap hit.

— Toronto has waived Jared Cowen, just two weeks after acquiring him from Ottawa in the Dion Phaneuf trade. Cowen, who’s dealing with a hip injury, has yet to play for the Leafs and it’s widely assumed the club is looking to get out of his contract (a four-year, $12.4M pact with a $3.1M average annual cap hit, and one year remaining.)

— Carolina forward Brad Malone, put on waivers yesterday, has cleared.

Malone, 26, has five points through 37 games this year but has been a healthy scratch on numerous occasions. Prior to getting parked in the press box, he was best known as a physical, hard-hitting presence that drew the ire of Columbus captain Nick Foligno for a big hit back in early January.

Malone is in the second of a two-year deal worth $1.3 million. It carries an average annual cap hit of $650,000.


No bread: Illness sidelines Panarin for Blackhawks tonight


A lot has gone Artemi Panarin‘s way this season – to the point where he could be the Calder frontrunner – but Tuesday seems like it isn’t his night.

Barring a surprise twist, the Chicago Blackhawks rookie won’t be able to play against the San Jose Sharks. Instead, it looks like Jiri Sekac will take his place in the lineup.

In other lineup news, it appears that Rob Scuderi will be a healthy scratch for Chicago.

Want to know what the Blackhawks’ lines look like without “The Bread Man?” CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers gives you an idea:

‘Hawks scratch Panik after oversleeping


Richard Panik got off to a nice start with the Blackhawks — but that took a turn on Thursday.

Per CSN Chicago, Panik will be scratched for tonight’s Stanley Cup Final rematch against Tampa Bay because he overslept and missed part of today’s morning skate.


Panik did get on the ice late — well after line rushes — but will be out of the lineup. Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will dress seven defensemen for the game.

Jiri Sekac, who the Blackhawks acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Ryan Garbutt, will probably not arrive in Florida in time for Thursday’s game.

Quenneville said Sekac “could” play on Friday when the Blackhawks face the Florida Panthers.

Panik, acquired from Toronto earlier this month, has two goals and three points in five games with the ‘Hawks.