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).