The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward David Vyborny, the club's all-time leading scorer, to a two-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Vyborny has played in more games (395), scored more goals (90), picked up more assists (137) and registered more points (227) than any player in Blue Jackets history. He is also the club's all-time leader in shorthanded goals (seven) and game-winning goals (15) and ranks third in power play goals (28). Originally signed by the club as a free agent on June 8, 2000, he is one of three players on the current roster who remain from the inaugural 2000-01 season, joining goaltender Marc Denis and defenseman Rostislav Klesla.
"David Vyborny has been important part of the Blue Jackets organization during our five seasons and I am extremely pleased that he will continue to play a vital role on our team," said MacLean. "David can play in any situation and has tremendous skill and knowledge of the game. I think he is one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League and we are fortunate to have him."
Vyborny, 31, has missed just 15 games in five seasons with the Blue Jackets and has improved his offensive production in each of the past three campaigns. In 2005-06, he set career highs for goals (tied), assists and points with 22-43-65 in 80 games as he led the club in scoring. He also led the Blue Jackets with six game-winning goals and two shorthanded goals (tied with Adam Foote). He was the NHL's Player of the Week for Jan. 23-29 when he collected 2-5-7 and led Columbus to a 3-0-0 record.
"I've really enjoyed playing in Columbus for the Blue Jackets and there was nowhere else that I wanted to play, so I am very happy," said Vyborny. "We have a good, young team and I am looking forward to helping the team win more games for our fans."
A native of Jihlava, Czech Republic, Vyborny joined the Blue Jackets in 2000 after spending the previous five seasons playing in Europe – 1995-97 and 1998-00 with Praha of the Czech Elite League and 1997-98 with Modo of the Swedish Elite League. He tallied 13-19-32 and 22 penalty minutes in 79 games with Columbus in 2000-01. After notching 13-18-31 in 75 games in 2001-02, he registered the first of his three consecutive 20-goal seasons in 2002-03 with 20-26-46 in 79 games. In 2003-04, he tallied 22-31-53 in 82 contests. He also set a franchise record by playing in 194 consecutive games from Oct. 17, 2002 to Dec. 20, 2005.
Vyborny also has extensive international experience as he helped the Czech Republic win a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy as he collected 1-3-4 in eight games. He has also represented his country at nine World Championships (gold medals in 1996, 1999, 2000) and two World Junior Championships.