On top of adding to their NHL roster, the opening of free agency also allows the Habs to try to bolster Laval’s group. They’ve done just that, agreeing to terms with Jean-Sebastien Dea on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $750,000 in the NHL and $450,000 in the AHL.
The 27-year-old has 33 games of NHL experience under his belt over parts of five seasons but is mostly known as being a productive scorer in the minors. He played in 15 games with AHL Rochester last season, notching six goals and nine assists. Prior to the shortened year, Dea had at least 34 points in five straight AHL campaigns.
While Dea will need to go through waivers, there’s a very good chance he’ll clear and make it to Laval. With the Rocket, he should slot in on one of their top two lines and bolster their attack which is needed with the departures of Jordan Weal, Joseph Blandisi, and Yannick Veilleux, three of their top five scorers from last season. Dea will count against Laval’s veteran skater limit when he’s in the lineup.