Ales Hemsky signed at 1 year, 1 million

The Montreal Canadiens ended the Canada Day long weekend with the signing of Ales Hemsky to a one-year, one-way contract worth one-million dollars.

Ales Hemsky

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Ales Hemsky
Age: 33
Birthplace: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
2016-17 Statistics: 4 goals, 3 assists in 15 games

 

The 33-year old came to North America back in 2000 from the same city that goaltending legend Dominik Hasek and former Habs-draft pick Tomas Linhart came from. Hemsky is pretty familiar with Quebec – having been drafted 7th overall by the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in the 2000 CHL Import Draft. He reported for the upcoming season, recording 100 points in his rookie season and NHL draft year – paving the way to being drafted 13th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2001. He finished his two-year QMJHL career with 197 points in 121 games.

Hemsky did not take long to make the jump to the NHL, he spent one more year in Major Junior after being drafted before making the cut for the Oilers squad in 2003-04. He would spend the next 10 and a half seasons with Edmonton until 2014, including his last four with an ‘A’ on his jersey. In Alberta, Hemsky tallied 477 points in 652 games.

In 2013-14, Ales was dealt to Ottawa in early March for a 5th round pick (2014) & 3rd round pick (2015). With these picks, Edmonton was able to draft Liam Coughlin and send the other pick to the Rangers in the Cam Talbot trade. He found a hot streak in Ottawa where he had 0.85 points per game to end the season.

His time in Ottawa didn’t last long as he signed a three-year deal with Dallas in the off-season. He has played 166 games over the last three years wearing green.

Last season, Hemsky only played 15 games due to injury.

To play in Montreal, a massive pay cut was taken compared to his most recent contracts. Hemsky had an AAV of $4-million in Dallas and $5-million in Edmonton/Ottawa. His deal with Montreal is simple. One-way contract that expires in one-year and pays him $1-million.

Hemsky is pretty familiar with Czech-Habs teammate Tomas Plekanec as he has played for the Czech Republic national team seven times – having a gold and two bronze medals to show for it.

All About The Habs would like to welcome Ales Hemsky to the Montreal Canadiens. Looking forward to the 2017-18 season ahead!

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