By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Jaroslav Spacek – Signed by the Sabres in 2006
The Sabres needed a little help on defense in the summer of 2006. They had lost Jay McKee to free agency, and went searching for a replacement. Buffalo found one on the free agent market.
Jaroslav Spacek had some serious traveling since he was drafted by Florida in the fifth round in 1998. Spacek was already 24 at that point, and he jumped right into the Panthers lineup. The defenseman stayed there before heading to Chicago, Columbus and Edmonton. He was a part of the Oilers team that reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, and the Sabres must have noticed him.
Spacek agreed to a three-year deal in Buffalo, and played well in his three seasons here. His point production went up each year before peaking at 45 in 2008-09. Spacek was 35 by the time the summer of 2009 rolls around, and general manager Darcy Regier wasn’t interested in a long-term contract. The Canadiens disagreed, giving Spacek a three-year deal worth $11.5 million. The veteran finished out his successful career in 2012 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Here’s a good memory of his time here:
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