Oct 15, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT
Tomas Kopecky is going home.
That’s the word out of Slovakia on Monday as HK Dukla Trencin announced it had signed the two-time Stanley Cup winner to a lockout deal.
Kopecky played his youth hockey with Trencin and represented the club at the senior level before joining WHL Lethbridge in 1999.
Kopecky, 30, spent last year with the Florida Panthers after inking a four-year, $12 million deal in July 2011. In October, he was named one of the clubs’ four alternate captains responded with a solid campaign — 10G-22A-32PTS in 80 games — but disappeared in the playoffs, recording just one point in an opening-round loss to the New Jersey Devils.
After Florida’s playoff run, Kopecky joined Team Slovakia at the 2012 World Hockey Championships and turned things around. He led the team with five goals in 10 games and was a catalyst for Slovakia’s surprising silver medal finish.
According to Matias Strozyk of EliteProspects, Kopecky is set to debut for Trencin on Friday.
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal 45
- Report: Canucks, Sutter closing in on five-year deal, north of $20M 24
- Voynov serving sentence at jail that once advertised it had flat screen TVs 45
- Report: Bernier and Leafs more than $2 million apart ahead of Friday’s arbitration hearing 11
- Flyers re-sign Couturier: six years, $26 million 40
- Benning calls Sutter a ‘foundation piece’ for Canucks 24
- Here’s a chart that shows which teams have been good/bad at drafting 40
- Penguins sign Fehr to three-year, $6 million contract 22
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening 54
- NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16 58
- Bettman says NHL would have to ‘consider’ putting Quebec City in the Western Conference (70)
- Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million (62)
- NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16 (58)
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening (54)
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal (48)