GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Robert Lang to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to have signed Robert Lang,” said Maloney. “He provides another veteran presence for our team and is a proven scorer in the National Hockey League.”
Lang, 38, registered 18-21-39 and 36 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. Despite playing in just 50 games, Lang’s 39 points ranked T-6th on the team. Of Lang’s 18 goals in 2008-09, eight came on the power play, three were game-winning goals and one came while shorthanded.
Prior to last season, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound Lang had registered eight consecutive seasons of scoring 50 or more points. He has also compiled seven 20-goal campaigns during his career. A 15-year veteran, Lang has appeared in 925 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, Detroit, Chicago and Montreal, collecting 252-422-674 with 394 PIM and a +59 rating. In addition, Lang has recorded 18-27-45 and 24 PIM in 87 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests.
A native of Teplice, Czech Republic, Lang has represented his country in numerous international competitions, including four Winter Olympic Games (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006). In 1998, Lang helped lead the Czech Republic to an Olympic gold medal. He also won bronze medals in 1992 and 2006.
Lang was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the seventh round (133rd overall) of the 1990 Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 1992-93 season. Lang also spent parts of two seasons (1992-93, 1993-94) with the Phoenix RoadRunners.