RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jakub Nakladal (YA-kuhb nahk-LA-dahl) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Nakladal $600,000 for the 2016-17 season.
"Jakub was solid in his first professional season in North America last season, and played well at the World Cup," said Francis. "This gives us additional depth and experience along the blue line as we open the season this week."
Nakladal, 28, appeared in 27 games with the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, totaling five points (2g, 3a) and six penalty minutes, and averaging 14:11 of ice time per game. The Hradec Kralove, Cze., native also appeared in 35 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Stockton, earning 14 points (2g, 12a). Prior to signing with Calgary, Nakladal spent the 2014-15 season with TPS Turko in Liiga, the top Finnish professional league, netting three goals and adding 12 assists (15 points) in 50 games.
Nakladal has represented the Czech Republic in a number of international competitions, most recently appearing in all three games for his home country at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He also appeared for the Czech Republic at the 2012, 2013 and 2015 IIHF World Championships.