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Jiri Sekac heads for KHL Ak Bars Kazan

29 February 2016: Arizona Coyotes left wing Jiri Sekac (36) skates during the first period. The Pittsburgh Penguins shutout the Arizona Coyotes in a 6-0 victory at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Arizona Coyotes became the fourth NHL club to serve as home for former KHL free agent Jiri Sekac this past season, when the team claimed the forward off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now, he’s cutting his losses with North America and heading back overseas.

It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that Sekac, who finished his 2015-16 season split between the Coyotes, Blackhawks, and Anaheim Ducks with just six points in 39 games played, has signed a one-year deal with KHL club Ak Bars Kazan for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Once considered a highly touted free agent, the Montreal Canadiens first brought Sekac to North America in 2014, although he was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for fellow winger Devante Smith-Pelly midway through the season. He’ll leave the NHL with just 10 goals and 29 points through 108 regular season games.

A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, the 23-year-old Sekac put up just 28 points in 47 games for HC Lev Praha during the 2013-14 season in the KHL, which sparked the interest of NHL clubs – and ultimately resulted in his first deal, which brought him to Montreal. A struggle to see his offensive abilities translate to the NHL level, though, and a lack of waiver exemption made it tough for the 6 foot 2 winger to find his groove – so while the Coyotes used him in a flexible role during their time with him, it’s not altogether surprising to see him heading back overseas already.


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