The defenseman played 23 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning between 1999 and 2001, scoring one goal and two assists.
At the international level, Astashenko scored one goal and three assists in 13 games for the Latvian national team. He skated for his country at many international events, among them the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2006 IIHF World Championships in his hometown of Riga, Latvia.
We're buyers. We're committed to winning. That's what [owner Vinnie Viola] has said all along and what we've said all along. We want to win. We want to win a championship. We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us.
— Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Jaromir Jagr, who he traded for from the Devils on Thursday