COYOTES SIGN PETR NEDVED
TRADE FOR DENIS GAUTHIER AND OLEG SAPRYKIN FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
IN EXCHANGE FOR DAYMOND LANGKOW
Thursday, August 26, 2004
--- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed free agent center Petr Nedved to a three-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Barnett also announced today that the Coyotes have traded center Daymond Langkow to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Denis Gauthier and left wing Oleg Saprykin.
“In Petr Nedved, we have acquired a 6-foot-3 center who handles the puck very well and will be a valuable addition to our power play,” said Barnett. “Petr consistently averages 50-60 points per season. Signing him as a free agent has enabled us to trade for Denis Gauthier, the physical defenseman which we were seeking, and Oleg Saprykin, a young, talented forward who brings additional speed to our lineup.”
“We have indeed given up a proven and consistent NHL player in Daymond Langkow,” added Barnett. “In return, we have enhanced our roster with the addition of three large and talented NHL players.”
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 196 pound Nedved played 81 games with the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, recording 19-27-46 and 44 penalty minutes (PIM). Nedved scored 7 power play goals, 3 game-winning goals and averaged 18:43 minutes of ice time per game. He played 65 games with the Rangers, collecting 14-17-31 and 42 PIM and 16 games with the Oilers, registering 5-10-15 and 4 PIM. Nedved has scored 20-or-more goals in seven of his last eight seasons (19 goals last season).
The 32-year-old native of Liberec, Czech Republic has scored 76 career power play goals, 13 shorthanded goals and 38 game-winning goals. He has scored 20-or-more goals eight times and 30-or-more goals four times. Nedved has also recorded 30-or-more assists six times in his career and reached the 70-point plateau four times. His best season came during the 1995-96 campaign when he registered career highs in goals (45), assists (54) and points (99).
In 2002-03, Nedved played 78 games with the Rangers, recording 27-31-58 and 64 PIM. Nedved ranked 2nd on the team in goals and 3rd in points. He scored 8 power play goals, 3 shorthanded goals and 4 game-winning goals and averaged 20:20 minutes of ice time per game.
Nedved, who defected to Canada from the Czech Republic on January 2, 1989, represented Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He helped lead Team Canada to a silver medal by recording 5-1-6 in 8 games. He tied for the team lead in goals and ranked 2nd in scoring. He also collected 19-12-31 in 17 pre-Olympic games.
In 13 NHL seasons with Vancouver, St. Louis, the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Edmonton, Nedved has played in 889 games, collecting 301-379-680 and 610 PIM. He has also appeared in 65 career playoff games, recording 17-23-40 and 56 PIM.
Nedved was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks (1st choice, 2nd overall) in the 1990 Entry Draft. He is the third highest Czech born player ever drafted behind Roman Hamrlik (1992) and Patrik Stefan (1999).
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 224 pound Gauthier played 80 games for the Calgary Flames, setting career highs in assists (15), points (16) and penalty minutes (113). Gauthier ranked 3rd on the Flames in penalty minutes and averaged 18:43 minutes of ice time per game. He finished the season with a plus-4 rating. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Gauthier played 6 games for the Flames, collecting one assist and 4 penalty minutes. He averaged 18:33 minutes of ice time per game.
In 2003-03, the 27-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec played 72 games for the Flames, registering 1-11-12 and 99 PIM. He averaged 19:52 minutes of ice time per game and finished the season tied for 1st on the team with a plus-5 rating.
In 7 NHL seasons with Calgary, Gauthier has appeared in 384 games, recording 13-45-58 and 515 penalty minutes with a plus-15 rating. Gauthier was drafted by Calgary (1st round, 20th overall) in the 1995 Entry Draft.
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 190 pound Saprykin played in 69 games with the Flames, setting career highs in games played, goals (12), assists (17) and points (29). Saprykin scored 4 power play goals, had a plus-1 rating and averaged 13:47 minutes of ice time per game. In the playoffs, he helped lead Calgary to the Stanley Cup Finals, appearing in 23 games and collecting 3-3-6 and 14 PIM. He scored one power play goal, one game-winning goal and one game-tying goal for the Flames.
In 2002-03, the 23-year-old native of Moscow, Russia played 52 games with Calgary, registering 8-15-23 and 46 PIM. Saprykin finished the season tied for 1st on the team with a plus-5 rating and averaged 11:53 minutes of ice time per game. He had five multiple point games.
In 5 seasons with the Flames, Saprykin has played in 187 NHL games, recording 29-47-76 and 132 PIM. Saprykin was drafted by Calgary (1st round, 11th overall) in the 1999 Entry Draft.
Last season, the 5-foot 11, 185 pound Langkow played in 81 games for the Coyotes, registering 21-31-52 and 40 PIM. Langkow finished T-2nd on the team in points, plus/minus and game-winning goals and 3rd in goals and assists. He also led the team in faceoffs taken (1472) and had 12 multiple-point games.
In 9 NHL seasons with Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Phoenix, Langkow has played in 625 games, registering 136-218-354 and 374 PIM. The Coyotes acquired Langkow from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2nd round draft choice in the 2002 Entry Draft and a 1st round draft choice in the 2003 Entry Draft on July 2, 2001. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning (1st choice, 5th overall) in the 1995 Entry Draft.