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Martin Straka

Martin Straka  #82

Center
NUMBER: 82 BIRTHDATE: September 3, 1972
HEIGHT: 5' 9" BIRTHPLACE: Plzen, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 180 DRAFTED: PIT / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (19th overall)
Czechoslovakian First All-Star Team (1992) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1999) Traded to Ottawa by Pittsburgh for Troy Murray and Norm Maciver, April 7, 1995. Traded to NY Islanders by Ottawa with Don Beaupre and Bryan Berard for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden, January 23, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Florida from NY Islanders, March 15, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 6, 1997. Missed majority of 2001-02 due to leg injury vs. Florida, October 28, 2001. Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh for Martin Strbak and Sergei Anshakov, November 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), July 10, 2008. Officialy announced his retirement, March 28, 2014.
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For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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