Florida Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with LW Richard Zednik.
Zednik, 31, has played in 621 career NHL games for Washington (1995-01, 2006-07), Montreal (2001-2004), NY Islanders (2007), recording 320 points (168-152-320). For his NHL career, Zednik has appeared in 48 postseason contests scoring 16 goals with 10 assists. Last season, while playing for both Washington and the NY Islanders he tallied 21 points (7-14-21) in 42 games played. He scored 20 goals three times for the Canadiens, including a career-high 31 in 2002-03.
“Richard is a hard working forward who possesses exceptional speed and a scoring touch,” said Martin. “He can play at left or right wing and will complement our nucleus of forwards very well. Additionally, he is a clutch player who has performed very well in postseason competition. He will be counted on as we look to bring continued stability and success to the Panthers organization.”
The Banska Bystrica, Slovakia native has represented his native country in seven international competitions that include one Olympics, three world championships, two World Cups of Hockey and one World Junior Championship.
Zednik was drafted by Washington with their tenth choice (249th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.