GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy has been awarded a one-year, $3.0 million contract by Arbiter Edwin H. Benn. Nagy will receive $3.0 million for the 2006-07 season.
"This means that Ladi will be in camp on time and ready to go," said Barnett. "He's a huge piece of our club. At some point we'd like to lock him up on a multi-year deal, but for now this one-year award will work for both sides."
Nagy, 27, led the Coyotes with 41 assists in 2005-06 despite missing the final 29 games of the season with a knee injury. Following his last game of the season on Jan. 29, Nagy ranked 5th in the NHL in assists. The native of Saca, Slovakia also registered 56 points which was 3rd most on the team and one point short of a career high. The Coyotes compiled a record of 26-22-3 when Nagy was in their lineup last season.
Nagy was a runner-up for the NHL's Offensive Player of the Month for December last season after posting 5 goals, 15 assists, and 20 points in 15 games during the month. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward recorded 5 points including 3 goals in an 8-4 Coyotes' win over the future Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 3rd. The game marked both Nagy's 2nd career hat trick and his 200th NHL career point.
Nagy was named to Team Slovakia for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, but was prevented from participating by his injury.
The Coyotes acquired Nagy from the St. Louis Blues along with Michal Handzus, Jeff Taffe and a 1st round choice in the 2002 Entry Draft (Ben Eager) in exchange for Keith Tkachuk on Mar. 13, 2001.
In 317 career NHL games with Phoenix and St. Louis, Nagy has compiled 94 goals, 136 assists, and 230 points.
Nagy was selected by St. Louis in the 7th round (177th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.