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Blackhawks Acquire Adams For Vrbata

by Chicago Blackhawks Press Release / Chicago Blackhawks
Kevyn Adams
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have acquired center Kevyn Adams 300K | 700K from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Radim Vrbata.

“In Kevyn Adams we’re getting a veteran player who is extremely versatile, is a good skater and is a very good face-off man,” said Tallon. “Kevyn has won a Stanley Cup and is a proven leader.”

Adams, 32, is a native of Washington DC. He stands at 6.01 and weighs in at 200 pounds. He split last season between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Phoenix Coyotes.

He began the season with Carolina appearing in 35 games scoring two goals to go along with two assists for four points with 17 penalty minutes. He finished the season with Phoenix playing in 33 games and scoring one goal while adding seven assists for eight points with eight penalty minutes.

Adams was originally the first choice of the Boston Bruins (25th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft out of Miami of Ohio in the CCHA. He signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs on August 7, 1997 and made his NHL debut with the Leafs in the 1997-98 season appearing five games.

After playing parts of three seasons in Toronto, he was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets in June of 2000. He was traded to Florida in March of 2001 and subsequently to Carolina in January of 2002.

He played parts of five season for the Hurricanes before being traded to Phoenix last season. Adams was a member of the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes in the 2005-06 season.

A solid penalty killer and face-off man, Adams has appeared in 513 career NHL games scoring 59 goals while adding 75 assists for 134 points with 304 penalty minutes. In playoff competition, Adams has played in 67 games scoring two goals to go along with two assists for four points with 39 penalty minutes and one Stanley Cup Championship.

Radim Vrbata was acquired by the Blackhawks from Carolina on December 30, 2005 for future considerations. Last season, he appeared in 77 games for the Blackhawks scoring 14 goals to go along with 27 assists for 41 points with 26 penalty minutes.

Vrbata was originally Colorado’s 10th choice (212th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He broke into the NHL with the Avalanche in the 2001-02 season. After playing parts of two seasons in Colorado, he was traded to Carolina where he played parts of three season before being traded to the Blackhawks.

In his NHL career, Vrbata has appeared in 346 games scoring 75 goals while adding 95 assists fro 170 points with 104 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in nine career playoff games and has not scored.

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