Martin Straka

Straka Returns

New York made another expected move official today with the announcement that left wing Martin Straka has agreed to come back next year.  The 33 year old forward had his third best season of his career last season playing opposite of Jaromir Jagr for much of the year.  Straka registered 20 goals for the fourth time of his career, and 70 points for just the 3rd time.  His +17 plus/minus rating ranked as his third best total of his career, while his 171 shots was also third the third highest of his career.

After several seasons impacted by injuries and trades, Straka returned and thrived with the league’s crackdown on obstruction.  One of just four Blueshirts to play in all 82 games, the Czech forward earned the appreciate of the fans with his effort and his timely passing and scoring.  With Patrik Elias locked up by the Devils in the early hours this morning, and a general paucity of quality left wingers , the Rangers needed to solidify their left wing position before he drew too much interest from other clubs.

Straka will likely again play the left wing on the Rangers top line with Jagr .

Martin Straka
Height: 5-9Age: 33
Weight: 178Birthday: September 2, 1972
Position: Left Wing / CenterBirthplace: Plzen, Czech Republic
Shoots: LeftDrafted: 1992 NHL Entry Draft – Pittsburgh Penguins – #19 (1st round)
Salary: 1 year, 3.1 million
1989-1990Plzen SkodaCZE10330 
1990-1991Plzen SkodaCZE47724316 
1991-1992Plzen SkodaCZE5027285520 
1992-1993Cleveland LumberjacksIHL44370 
1992-1993Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL4231316+2290028 
1993-1994Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL84303464+242420130 
1994-1995Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL31412160160036 
1994-1995Ottawa SenatorsNHL6112-100013 
1995-1996Ottawa SenatorsNHL4391625-14295063 
1995-1996New York IslandersNHL2221012-660018 
1995-1996Florida PanthersNHL12246+161017 
1996-1997Florida PanthersNHL5572229+9122094 
1997-1998Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL75192542+-12843117 
1998-1999Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80354883+122654177 
1999-2000Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL71203959+242631146 
2000-2001Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL82276895+193871185 
2001-2002Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL13549+301033 
2002-2003Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL60182846-181270136 
2003-2004Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL224812-16161034 
2003-2004Los Angeles KingsNHL326814-941134 
2005-2006New York RangersNHL82225476+174240171 
NHL Totals  812214392606+4631443101432 
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