Michal Moravcik’s time with the Canadiens has come to an end. After clearing unconditional waivers on Tuesday, the Habs officially terminated his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The 24-year-old was in his first season in North America after signing an entry-level contract back in May following a good season in the Czech Republic and a strong showing at the World Championships. The hope was that he could be someone that could be NHL-ready before too long but that hasn’t been the case.
Instead, Moravcik has spent considerable time as a healthy scratch with Laval this season and was loaned out to ECHL Brampton as well to get some playing time. The Habs chose to do that again on Sunday and it appears that Moravcik would prefer to head back overseas instead.
Moravcik’s contract was set to run through 2019-20 with a $925,000 cap hit but will now come off the books in its entirety and he will be cleared off their 50 contract list as well. The move will put Montreal at 43, giving them plenty of room to add some more players between now and the end of the season.
It hasn’t taken long for Moravcik to find a new place to play, however. He has already inked a three-year deal with HC Plzen in the Czech Extraliga, returning to where he suited up last season.