Friday, June 15, 2007

Lightning roll the dice on Hlavac / Habs sign 2

Remember Jan Hlavac in Vancouver? 23 points in 55 games for the Canucks...terribly inconsistent. Now the Lightning are going to take a chance on the 31-year old.
It's been 3 years since Hlavac has played in the NHL. He was averaging about 38 points in 48 games for Sparta Praha. He has 189 points in 356 career NHL games. His best NHL season was in 2000-2001 with the Rangers, where he scored 28 goals and 64 points in 79 games playing on a line with Radek Dvorak and Petr Nedved.
Hlavac was involved in a couple of interesting deals.
-August 20, 2001- He was traded by the New York Rangers, along with Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and New York's 2003 3rd round draft choice, to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Eric Lindros.
-December 17, 2001- was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers, along with Tampa Bay's 2002 3rd round draft choice, to the Vancouver Canucks in echange for Donald Brashear and Vancouver's 2002 6th round draft choice.
-November 1, 2002- was traded by the Vancouver Canucks, along with Harold Druken, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for for Darren Langdon and Marek Malik.

Maybe Hlavac will find some success playing with fellow countryman Vaclav Prospal.
The Lightning are desperately trying to find some secondary scoring.
But Hlavac would not have been my first choice.
What Canucks fans have learned is "never trust a guy who's first name is Jan."


The Montreal Canadiens have signed DMike Komisarek and Christopher Higgins to 2-year deals. They will each earn $1.5 million next season and $1.9 million the following season.
Hey, isn't that a steal for Higgins??? He is turning into a great player. He had 22 goals in 61 games last season. What a steal for Bob Gainey.

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