Friday, June 15, 2007

Bolts sign Hlavac

From TSN:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent left wing Jan Hlavac to a one-year contract, announced. Hlavac spent the previous three seasons playing in Europe.

Hlavac returned to Europe after the 2003-04 season following five years in the NHL. He has played in 356 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes. He has scored 78 career NHL goals and recorded 189 points, and his best NHL season came in 2000-01 with the Rangers as he scored 28 goals with 64 points, both career highs.

''Jan Hlavac is a highly skilled player who we believe will fit in well within our group of top six forwards and a player we hope will develop some chemistry with Brad Richards,'' executive vice president and general manager Jay Feaster said. ''He is an excellent skater and is both a playmaker and a guy who can finish. The 'new NHL' is tailor-made for Jan's game, and he expressed through his agent a strong desire to return to the NHL as was evidenced by the cap- and budget-friendly contract Jan signed.''

Hlavac spent the 2006-07 season with Sparta Praha of the Czech Elite League. He scored 20 goals and recorded 31 points with a plus-8 rating in 41 games with Sparta. He ranked fourth on the team in goals and points while ranking fifth in assists with 11. He also played in 16 playoff games, scoring eight goals and adding two assists. He was second on the team in playoff goals.

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