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PENGUINS SIGN FREE AGENT RIGHT WING ZIGMUND PALFFY

Monday, 08.08.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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PENGUINS SIGN FREE AGENT RIGHT WING ZIGMUND PALFFY

(Has scored more than 300 goals, averaged more than a point a game, played in three All-Star Games)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent right wing Zigmund Palffy, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick. In accordance with club policy, terms of the multi-year contract were not released.

Palffy, 33, is one of the leading goal-scorers in the NHL over the past nine seasons. Since 1995-96, he has scored 308 goals for an average of 34.2 goals a season – ranking sixth in the NHL during that time period. He also has played in three NHL All-Star Games – 1998, 2001 and 2002.

In 642 career NHL games with the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings, Palffy has recorded 318 goals and 353 assists for 671 points.

The 5-10, 183-pound native of Slovakia has topped the 30-goal mark six times and the 40-goal mark three times in his NHL career.

“Ziggy is an explosive offensive player who will fit in well with what we are trying to do here in Pittsburgh,” Patrick said. “He is a natural goal-scorer who has been consistently productive throughout his NHL career. We think our fans will enjoy watching him play.”

In a span of three seasons from 2000-01 through 2002-03, Palffy scored 107 goals for the Kings (38, 32, 37). Although he was limited to 35 games because of a shoulder injury in 2003-04, he still produced more than a point a game with 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points.

Palffy split the 2004-05 season between teams in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, playing a total of 49 games and producing 31 goals and 22 assists for 53 points. In 41 games for Slavia of the Czech Republic Extraleague, Palffy registered 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points. In eight games for HK 36 Skalica of the Slovak Republic Extraleague, he had 10 goals and 3 assists for 13 points.

TOP NHL GOAL SCORERS SINCE 1995-96

1. Jaromir Jagr  380
2. Peter Bondra  342
3. Keith Tkachuk  337
4. Teemu Selanne  329
5. Brendan Shanahan 314
6. Zigmund Palffy  308
    John LeClair  308
    Joe Sakic   308
9. Mats Sundin  307
10.Brett Hull   299

Statistics courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

ZIGMUND PALFFY’S CAREER NUMBERS

 

REGULAR SEASON

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1990-91

AC Nitra

Czech

50

34

16

50

18

1991-92

DuklaTrencin

Czech

45

41

33

74

36

1992-93

DuklaTrencin

Czech

43

38

41

79

0

1993-94

Salt Lake

IHL

57

25

32

57

83

 

NY Islanders

NHL

5

0

0

0

0

1994-95

Denver

IHL

33

20

23

43

40

 

NY Islanders

NHL

33

10

7

17

6

1995-96

NY Islanders

NHL

81

43

44

87

56

1996-97

NY Islanders

NHL

80

48

42

90

43

1997-98

NY Islanders

NHL

82

45

42

87

34

1998-99

NY Islanders

NHL

50

22

28

50

34

1999-00

Los Angeles

NHL

64

27

39

66

32

2000-01

Los Angeles

NHL

73

38

51

89

20

2001-02

Los Angeles

NHL

63

32

27

59

26

2002-03

Los Angeles

NHL

76

37

48

85

47

2003-04

Los Angeles

NHL

35

16

25

41

12

2004-05

SlaviaPraha

Czech

41

21

19

40

30

 

SkalicaHC 36

Slovakia

8

10

3

13

6

NHL TOTALS

642

318

353

671

310


ZIGMUND PALFFY’S CAREER NUMBERS (PLAYOFFS)
 
 

PLAYOFFS

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1999-00

Los Angeles

NHL

4

2

0

2

0

2000-01

Los Angeles

NHL

13

3

5

8

8

2001-02

Los Angeles

NHL

7

4

5

9

0

NHL TOTALS

24

9

10

19

8

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