Jordan signed a contract with Akbars of the KHL on Friday, Igor Eronko of Russia's Sport-Express reports. Jordan, who played for the Czech team in the World Cup of Hockey, said during the international tournament that he was eyeing a return to the NHL, but under the condition that he'd get a one-way deal. That didn't come to fruition, so the 26-year-old defenseman with decent passing skills will move his hockey career overseas for the first time.
Jordan, an unrestricted free agent, has been offered a contract from the Hurricanes, among other teams, but the Czech defenseman is not interested in a two-way deal, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Jordan is on the Czech Republic team for the World Cup of Hockey. Three of his past four contracts have been of the two-way variety, which allows teams to easily shuffle him from the NHL to the minors at a lower cost. Jordan entered the league with Carolina in 2008 with promise as a playmaking defender, but he has only managed seven points (three goals, four assists) in 79 career games. Steer clear.
Jordan sat out Tuesday's game against the Bruins as a healthy scratch, the fifth time in the past seven games he has watched from the press box. Jordan recently had a four-week stretch (from Feb. 25 to Mar. 22) where he played in every single game while Justin Faulk was out with an ankle injury, but he's only played in two games since Faulk's return to the lineup Mar. 24. With just a single point in 25 games this season, Faulk's fantasy value doesn't even move the needle in most formats.
Jordan potted a goal during the second period of Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. It was his first point in 21 games played this season. As the Canes' seventh defenseman, Jordan has seen very little playing time this season. However, with Justin Faulk currently on the sidelines with a leg injury, Jordan has now been in the lineup for eight consecutive games. He will likely return to healthy-scratch status once Faulk returns, however, and his fantasy value will once again resemble a number very close to zero.
Jordan will serve as a healthy scratch for the 20th consecutive game Saturday against the Predators, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Jordan has zero points in just 10 games this season and hasn't seen any game action since Nov. 16 against the Ducks. Mind you, his healthy-scratch status is not unusual as he played in just 38 games last season. His fantasy value is pretty much nil at this point in time.
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