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Predators Acquire Forwards Brandon Bochenski and Jan Hlavac

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
Nashville, Tenn. (February 26, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired Brandon Bochenski from the Anaheim Ducks for future considerations and Jan Hlavac from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh round draft pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.

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"With the injuries to Gelinas and Ortmeyer we really wanted to replace those players," Poile said. "At this point of the season, particularly the past two months, we've really been pleased with the way our team has played. We're really happy with everybody's contribution and where they are playing in our lineup. So our goal at the trade deadline for the most part was just to replace Gelinas and Ortmeyer.
In Bochenski, we have a player who has an offensive flair. He has really good hands. He's a guy that can play higher up in the lineup if we need somebody to skate with the top two lines, somebody that can bring us some offense. - David Poile
We think we've done that. These two players now give us the depth we were missing due to the injuries. We know Gelinas and Ortmeyer will be out for two weeks to a month as their knees get better and as they go through rehab on their knees. After some rehab, both players are going to try to play. The way we're looking at both Gelinas and Ortmeyer is that they might not be able to come back this year."

Bochenski, 25 (4/4/82), has appeared in 113 career NHL games since the 2005-06, amassing 51 points (23g-28a). He began the season with the Boston Bruins, playing 20 games and notching six assists, before being traded to the Ducks for future considerations on Jan. 2, 2008. Originally Ottawa’s ninth pick (seventh round, 223rd overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft, the 6-1, 187-pound right wing played four years at the University of North Dakota, being selected to the NCAA West All America team as a senior in 2004. The Blaine, Minn., native was also selected to the American Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team in 2004-05, when he notched 70 points (34g-36a) in 75 games for the Binghamton Senators.

Hlavac is probably a little more of an all-around player. He's played in the league for a fair bit of time before coming back this year. He's hard working. Very competitive player. One that can be fairly versatile and one that can play in a lot of situations based on what the coaches want to use him for. I think a really good replacement for a Marty Gelinas. - David Poile
Hlavac, 31 (9/20/76), is a veteran of 418 career NHL games since the 1999-00 season, accumulating 211 points (87g-124a). The Prague, Czech Republic native signed with the Lightning as a free agent on June 14, 2007 after playing the past three seasons in Europe, notching 31 points (20g-11a) in 41 games in 2006-07 for Sparta Praha in the Czech Extraleague. The 6-0, 201-pound left wing’s best NHL season came with the New York Rangers in 2001-02, when he scored 28 goals and added 36 assists (64 points) in 76 contests. Hlavac was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (28th overall) of the 1995 Entry Draft.

Both players have represented their countries in international competition, with Hlavac suiting up for the Czech Republic for 56 games (15g-16a-31pts.) in seven different world championships, scoring the overtime game-winning goal to clinch the gold medal for his nation in 1999. Bochenski put up five points (2g-3a) in seven games for the United States at the 2007 Senior World Championships.

Hlavac is expected to join the Predators (32-24-8) when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres (30-24-9) tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. CT at HSBC Arena. The game will be broadcast on both FSN South and 104.5 The Zone (WGFX 104.5-FM).

Brandon Bochenski ( Recent Brandon Bochenski Highlights)
Bochenski has appeared in 32 games this season, split between Boston and Anaheim, scoring two goals and 10 points. Bochenski played for Team USA at the 2007 World Championships, scoring two goals and five points in seven tournament games. He earned NCAA West First Team All-America status in 2004 while at the University of North Dakota and was named to the AHL's All-Rookie Team in 2005 while a member of Binghamton.

Jan Hlavac ( Recent Jan Hlavac Highlights)
Hlavac has played in 62 games this season, all with Tampa Bay, posting nine goals and 22 points. A veteran of 418 NHL games, Hlavac scored 20 goals in 41 games last season with Sparta in the Czech Republic. Hlavac has scored over 15 goals three times in his previous five NHL seasons, including a career-high of 28 goals with the NY Rangers in 2000-01.
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