The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6'3", 196-pound center/left wing Petr Nedved from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. In addition, the Flyers will have the option of swapping fourth round draft choices with the Coyotes at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and third round draft choices with the Coyotes at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
"Too much of our scoring relied on just one line and we felt we also needed a shot from the point on the power play. Nedved has always been a good scorer and a real good player and we think he'll solve some of our problems up front," said Clarke in making the announcement. "Nedved has great speed, great hockey vision and a great shot, and because of the play of Freddy Meyer and Randy Jones we felt we could give up a young defenseman. Not that we wanted to, but our theory was that we needed some more scoring ability and more skill up front."
Nedved, 34, played in 25 games this season and recorded two goals and nine assists for 11 points and 34 penalty minutes. Over his 14-year NHL career, Nedved has 303 goals and 388 assists for 691 points and 644 penalty minutes in 914 games with Vancouver, St. Louis, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Phoenix. Nedved was originally drafted by Vancouver in the first round (second overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on August 26, 2004.
"Obviously I am very pleased and happy to be coming to Philadelphia. I am coming to one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference so I am very excited to play for the Flyers," said Nedved. "This year has been kind of frustrating as far as offensive production so hopefully I can help Philadelphia and start producing offensively. I want to help the team win hockey games and ultimately the main goal, to win the Stanley Cup."
Seidenberg, 24, has two goals and five assists for seven points and four penalty minutes in 29 games this season with the Flyers. The 6'1'', 210-pound defenseman has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points and 26 penalty minutes in 92 games over three NHL seasons, all with Philadelphia. Last season Seidenberg helped the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, capture the Calder Cup Championship.