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Lightning sign Juraj Simek

Wednesday, 08.11.2010 / 9:48 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Lightning sign Juraj Simek
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday signed left wing Juraj Simek to a one-year, two-way contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Simek has 37 goals and 75 points in 204 career AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals and Manitoba Moose. After making his Norfolk debut in 2008-09, Simek appeared in a career-high 75 games with the Admirals last season, setting AHL career-best totals for goals, assists and points. His 21 goals tied for second on the Lightning's top farm team, while his 36 points tied for fifth among all Admirals skaters. He also tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals.

A native of Presov, Slovakia, Simek played in his first professional season with Manitoba in 2007-08, scoring 7 goals and adding 10 assists in 66 games.

Simek, 22, played in 29 games over three seasons in the top two tiers of the Swiss League before making his North American junior hockey debut in 2006-07 with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. He appeared in 58 games with the Wheat Kings and tied for fourth on the team with 28 goals and ranked fifth with 57 points.

Simek was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (No. 167) in the 2006 Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Lightning from Vancouver with Lukas Krajicek in exchange for Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet on Oct. 6, 2008.
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