Predators Acquire Forward Josef Vasicek From Carolina
6’-5” center acquired from 'Canes for Scott Walke

Nashville,  Tenn. — Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has  acquired  forward  Josef Vasicek (YOH-zehf VAHSH-ih-chehk) from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Scott Walker.

"Scott has been a top leader and scorer for Nashville for the entire history of their franchise,"said Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. "He will fit in well with our team on and off the ice."

Vasicek, 25, posted  nine  points  (4g-5a) in 23 regular-season  games for the Hurricanes in 2005-06 and also appeared in eight  playoff games en route to the Stanley Cup championship.  The 6’-5”, 214-pound  center  missed  a  majority  of  the  season,  his  fifth NHLcampaign, recovering from knee surgery.

Originally the Hurricanes' fourth pick (91st overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry  Draft,  Vasicek has posted 126 points (55g-71a) in 316 career NHL games  with  Carolina and reached the NHL Stanley Cup Finals twice.  His top  individual  campaign  thus  far  came in 2003-04 when the Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic native notched 45 points (19g-26a) in 82 games.  On the  international stage, Vasicek has played alongside current Predators
Tomas  Vokoun  and Marek Zidlicky with the Czech Republic at a number of competitions,  including  the  2004  World  Cup of Hockey and 2005 World Championships.



Walker,  32,  who was limited to 33 games by injuries last season,  posted  16  points  (5g-11a)  for the Predators in 2005-06.  An original expansion draft selection of the Predators, the Cambridge, Ont. native  departs  as  the  club's  all-time  leader in goals (96), points (96g-151a-247pts) and penalty minutes (465).


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