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Predators acquire center Belanger

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Eric Belanger
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty
Center Eric Belanger (right) comes to Nashville from Carolina, where he ranked second on the Hurricanes in face-off win percentage at 53.4%.

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has acquired center Eric Belanger (AIR-ihk buh-LAWN-zhay) from the Carolina Hurricanes for center Josef Vasicek (YOH-zehf VAHSH-ih-chehk).

Belanger, 29 (12/16/77), has posted 20 points (8g-12a) in 56 games this season for Carolina.  The 6-0, 195-pound Sherbrooke, Que. native ranks second on the Hurricanes in face-off winning percentage (368-321, 53.4%).  He was acquired by the 'Canes in a training-camp deal on Sept. 29, 2006 (along with Tim Gleason) from Los Angeles for Oleg Tverdovsky and Jack Johnson.

Predators post-practice comments on Nashville's trade of Josef Vasicek for Eric Belanger on Friday:

Tomas Vokoun  (:51)

Head Coach Barry Trotz  (2:33)

Originally a fourth-round selection (96th overall) of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Belanger played his first five NHL seasons (2000-2006) with Los Angeles.  He netted career-highs in goals (17), assists (20) and points (37) last season with the Kings, and led L.A. in face-off winning percentage in each of his first four NHL campaigns.  In 379 career NHL games, he has recorded 71 goals and 99 assists (71g-99a-170pts).

Vasicek, 26 (9/12/80), netted 13 points (4g-9a) in 38 games with the Predators this season.  After being acquired from the Hurricanes by Nashville for forward Scott Walker on July 18, 2006, he returns to Carolina, where he played 316 NHL games from 2001-2006.

Belanger's Career Stats

Belanger's Career Record

 

Regular Season

 

 

 

Playoffs

 

 

 

Season

Club

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1994-95

Beauport

QMJHL

71

12

28

40

24

 

13

5

6

11

36

1995-96

Beauport

QMJHL

59

35

48

83

18

 

18

5

9

14

25

1996-97

Beauport

QMJHL

31

13

37

50

30

 

--

--

--

--

--

 

Rimouski

QMJHL

31

26

41

67

36

 

4

2

3

5

10

1997-98

Fredericton

AHL

56

17

34

51

28

 

4

2

1

3

2

1998-99

Springfield

AHL

33

8

18

26

10

 

3

0

1

1

2

 

Long Beach

IHL

1

0

0

0

0

 

--

--

--

--

--

1999-00

Lowell

AHL

65

15

25

40

20

 

7

3

3

6

2

2000-01

Los Angeles

NHL

62

9

12

21

16

 

13

1

4

5

2

 

Lowell

AHL

13

8

10

18

4

 

--

--

--

--

--

2001-02

Los Angeles

NHL

53

8

16

24

21

 

7

0

0

0

4

2002-03

Los Angeles

NHL

62

16

19

35

26

 

--

--

--

--

--

2003-04

Los Angeles

NHL

81

13

20

33

44

 

--

--

--

--

--

2004-05

HC Forst Bolzano

Italy

12

13

10

23

20

 

9

3

7

10

33

2005-06

Los Angeles

NHL

65

17

20

37

62

 

--

--

--

--

--

2006-07

Carolina

NHL

56

8

12

20

14

 

--

--

--

--

--

 

NHL TOTALS

 

379

71

99

170

183

 

20

1

4

5

6

 

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