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Predators acquire center Vasicek from Carolina

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Josef Vasicek
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Josef Vasicek
Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has acquired forward Josef Vasicek (YOH-zehf VAHSH-ih-chehk) from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Scott Walker.

Vasicek, 25 (9/12/80), posted nine points (4g-5a) in 23 regular-season games for the Hurricanes in 2005-06 and also appeared in eight playoff games en route to the Stanley Cup championship. The 6-5, 214-pound center missed a majority of the season, his fifth NHL campaign, recovering from knee surgery.

Originally the Hurricanes' fourth pick (91st overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Vasicek has posted 126 points (55g-71a) in 316 career NHL games with Carolina and reached the NHL Stanley Cup Finals twice. His top individual campaign thus far came in 2003-04 when the Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic native notched 45 points (19g-26a) in 82 games. On the international stage, Vasicek has played alongside current Predators Tomas Vokoun and Marek Zidlicky with the Czech Republic at a number of competitions, including the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2005 World Championships.

Walker, 32 (7/19/73), who was limited to 33 games by injuries last season, posted 16 points (5g-11a) for the Predators in 2005-06. An original expansion draft selection of the Predators, the Cambridge, Ont. native departs as the club's all-time leader in goals (96), points (96g-151a-247pts) and penalty minutes (465).


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