A fractured right hand forced Svoboda to miss the first month of the season. Later on, he had three additional multi-game stretches out of the lineup due to assorted injuries. Nevertheless, playing with new partners following the offseason trade of Dykhuis to Tampa Bay, Svoboda continued to play at a high level when available to dress for games.
In 56 regular season games in 1997-98, Svoboda posted 18 points (three goals, 15 assists), 83 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating. The injury bug bit him again the playoffs, as he was only able to dress in three of five games after he was concussed by an accidental knee to the head by Buffalo Sabres forward Dixon Ward. Even upon his return, Svoboda could only play sparing minutes, skating just 10:50 in his final game. The Flyers went down quickly to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round.
Heading into the 1998-99 season, the now 32-year-old Svoboda entered the third year of the four-year contract (paying him a reported $1.5 million per season) that he signed with the Flyers in September 1996. Knee problems -- which eventually caused him to miss several games -- affected him early.
Flyers head coach Roger Neilson made Svoboda a semi-healthy scratch four four games in early November. The proud veteran was angered. Upon his return, resumed heavy-duty ice time in which he even put together an offensive mini-run of two goals and three points in his first five games back in the lineup.
Svoboda dressed in 25 games for the Flyers during the 1998-99 season, scoring four goals (actually his single-season career high for the Philadelphia portion of his career) and six points, with a plus-five rating and 28 penalty minutes. Nevertheless, Neilson and management felt that all the years of punishment were starting to take a toll on the player's overall effectiveness.
On Dec. 28, 1998, the Flyers traded Svoboda to Tampa Bay. In return, the Flyers reacquired Svoboda's former defense partner, Dykhuis.
Svoboda finished out his career with weak Lightning teams, retiring at age 35 after an injury-riddled 2000-01 season. By this point, he was strictly a veteran depth player.
Following his NHL playing career, Svoboda became a player agent. This caused some confusion because there is another agent named Peter Svoboda (who represented former Flyers goaltender Roman Cechmanek among other clients). The other Svoboda added an "e" to the spelling of his first name some years ago to differentiate himself from others who share his name.
"Svoboda" is a relatively common Czech surrname. Appropriately, considering that the player left his homeland and family as a teenager in search of escape from the oppressive government regime of the time, the name Svoboda directly translates to "Freedom" in English.
As an agent, long-tenured former NHL player Svoboda has represented the likes of the legendary Jaromir Jagr and current standout Jakub Voracek. It was on advice of Svoboda that Jagr signed a one-year contract with the Flyers when he made his return to the NHL in 2011 following a three-year absence to play in the KHL.