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Sabres Sign Jaroslav Spacek

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

July 5, 2006

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with unrestricted free agent defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (SPAH-check).

Spacek was a key member of Edmonton's run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, finishing second in scoring among NHL defenseman with 14 points (3+11) in 24 games. He was eighth overall in power play scoring (2+7), 10th in blocked shots (39), and 10th in average ice time (25:52).

Spacek (5' 11", 204 lbs., shoots left) split the 2005-06 season between Chicago and Edmonton, collecting 43 points (12+31), 96 PIM and +11 in 76 games, while averaging 23:39 of ice time per game.

He scored 24 points (7+17) in 45 games with Chicago, before being traded to Edmonton on January 26. In 31 games with the Oilers, Spacek scored 19 points (5+14). He scored points in 14 of 31 games with Edmonton, and was plus or even in 19 of 31 games.

The 32-year-old native of Rokycany, Czech Republic, has scored 205 points (51+154) in 496 career NHL games with Edmonton, Chicago, Columbus and Florida. Spacek scored a career-high 45 points (9+36) with Columbus during the 2002-03 season.

Spacek was Florida's fifth pick (117th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He has represented the Czech Republic in three Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal in 1998 and bronze in 2006.
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