Sunday, January 31, 2010

Flyers sign D Krajicek

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran defenseman Lukas Krajicek.

"Lukas will bring experience and depth to our lineup," said GM Paul Holmgren.

Krajicek, 26, has one assist and 21 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, as well as recording six assists and eight penalty minutes in 15 games with the Norfolk Admirals, Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate.

"The Flyers called me and offered me a contract and obviously I jumped on it right away," said Krajicek. "It is a great place and obviously I want to play in the NHL. I'm just happy to be here."

In 2008-09, Krajicek posted 19 points (2G,17A) and 48 penalty minutes in 71 games with the Lightning. His 17 assists and 19 points were both new career highs and led the Lightning defense in scoring.

Over parts of seven seasons in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers (2001-02 and 2003-04 to 2005-06), Vancouver Canucks (2006-07 to 2007-08) and Lightning (2008-09 to 2009-10), Krajicek has compiled 70 points (10G,60A) and 231 penalty minutes in 301 games. He has also posted two assists and 12 penalty minutes in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A native of Prostejov, Czech Republic, Krajicek was originally selected by Florida in the first round (24th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.            

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