Arizona Coyotes Forward Leaves NHL; Signs In Russia

After an eventful decade crisscrossing the North American hockey landscape, Quebec-native Jean-Sébastien Dea is embarking on a new adventure.

He's primed to join Russia's Metallurg of Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), marking a significant shift from his previous playing experiences.

This transformative decision comes in response to an enticing offer worth $827K USD from the Russian team, a proposition that prompted him to reimagine his career trajectory.

Dea was making about $200K AAV while in the minors with his deal with the Coyotes.

Over his six-year career, Dea has appeared in just 37 NHL games, recording five goals and seven points. He's played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, and the Arizona Coyotes.

Having carved out a significant presence in the American Hockey League (AHL) while making impactful NHL appearances, Dea's readiness for new challenges propelled him toward this international endeavor. His departure from North America reflects a desire for further evolution after accomplishing his goals in those leagues.

As Dea gears up to contribute to Metallurg's lineup, he becomes part of a larger trend among Canadian players venturing into the KHL. Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports