Blackhawks Sign Peter Bondra
|General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed forward Peter Bondra. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"He's a proven goal scorer," said General Manager Dale Tallon. "He's a tremendously fit athlete who will add more speed and skill to our lineup. He will help our power play and his experience will greatly help our younger players."
Bondra, 38, is a two-time 50+ goal scorer in the National Hockey League (52 goals in 1995-96 and 52 goals in 1997-98) and a five-time NHL All-Star (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999). He is just two goals shy of reaching the 500 goal mark in his NHL career having scored 498 career goals to go with 380 assists for 878 points in 1,044 games.
Bondra was originally Washington's 9th choice (156th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played 13+ seasons for the Capitals before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in February of 2004 where he was a teammate of both Bryan Smolinski and Martin Havlat. Following the lockout season, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005-06.
Bondra has also represented his country of Slovakia in two Winter Olympic Games playing in both the 1998 and the 2006 games. In the 1998 Olympics, he appeared in 2 games and scored 1 goal. In the 2006 Winter Games, he played in 6 games and scored 4 goals.
In his NHL career, Bondra has also appeared in 80 playoff games scoring 30 goals to go with 26 assists for 56 points. His best playoff year was with Washington in 1997-98 when he appeared in 17 games and scored 7 goals to go with 5 assists for 12 points.
Bondra will be arriving in Chicago later this evening and will undergo a physical in the morning. He could see action as early as Tuesday night when the Blackhawks travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues.