Friday, June 19, 2009
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed left-wing Petr Prucha to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to have signed Petr to a new contract,” said Maloney. “He is a former 30-goal scorer and an emerging young offensive talent who competes hard every night. We look forward to Petr bringing a combination of speed and skill to our lineup.”
Prucha, 26, recorded 6-13-19 and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 47 games with the Coyotes and New York Rangers last season. Prucha, who was acquired from the Rangers on March 4 along with Dmitri Kalinin and Nigel Dawes for Derek Morris
, collected 2-8-10 after joining the Coyotes to rank fourth on the team in scoring during the final 19-game stretch.
In 256 career NHL games with New York and Phoenix, Prucha has collected 65-58-123 and 106 PIM. A native of Chrudim, Czech Republic, Prucha registered career-highs in goals (30) and points (47) as a rookie in 2005-06. He has also registered 1-1-2 in 17 career playoff games.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Prucha, who was drafted by the Rangers in the eighth round (240th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft, played in 164 games with Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague from 2003-05, recording 26-33-59. Prucha has also represented the Czech Republic in the 2002 World Junior Championships as well as the 2004 and 2005 World Championships. He was also selected for the 2006 Czech Republic Olympic team but was unable to play due to injury.