Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Holik Ready to Thrash !!!
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Less than a week after being bought out by the New York Rangers, center Bobby Holik has found a new home, as he agreed to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.
"We're extremely excited to add a player of Bobby's caliber to our line-up," said Thrashers GM Don Waddell. "He's a hard-nosed player who has enjoyed a distinguished career that includes valuable Stanley Cup Championship experience. He is a veteran who will play an important role in our success."
Holik, who will reportedly earn $4.25 million this season, was widely considered one of the top two-way centers in the league when he signed a lucrative $45 million free agent contract with the Rangers prior to the start of the 2002-03 campaign.
A pivotal member of the New Jersey Devils' two Stanley Cup championship teams in 1995 and 2000, Holik failed to bring that winning mentality into the Rangers locker room, as the team missed the playoffs both years he was there.
In two seasons on Broadway, Holik tallied 41 goals and 50 assists with 146 penalty minutes in 146 games. The rugged native of the former Czechoslovakia, though, has scored 20 or more goals eight times.
The 34-year-old Holik spent 10 seasons in New Jersey after spending the first two years of his career as a member of the Hartford Whalers. In 878 career games, Holik has registered 642 points (281 goals, 361 assists) with 1,102 penalty minutes.