New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent center Petr Nedved. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nedved, 29, ranked second on the team in scoring last season, appearing in 79 matches, registering 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points, along with 54 penalty minutes. His 32 goals ranked first on the team while he also ranked second with 46 assists. Last season marked his highest point total since tallying 99 points (45 goals, 54 assists) with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1995-96 season.
A veteran of 10 seasons in the National Hockey League, Nedved has spent the last three seasons with New York after being acquired from Pittsburgh with Sean Pronger and Chris Tamer in exchange for Alexei Kovalev and Harry York on November 25, 1998. He has skated in 652 career matches with the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh and the Rangers, tallying 234 goals and 296 assists for 530 points, along with 464 penalty minutes. In 65 career playoff outings, he has notched 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points, along with 56 penalty minutes.
The 6-3, 200-pounder was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, as their first choice, second overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, making him the third highest Czech born player ever drafted (Roman Hamrlik, 1992; Patrik Stefan, 1999).