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Laich Traded For Bondra
February 18, 2004
 
The Ottawa Senators announced they have acquired five-time all-star Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Brooks Laich, playing with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Club’s second round pick in the 2005 entry draft.

Playing in his 14th NHL season, all with the Washington Capitals since the 1990-91 season, the 36-year old native of Ukraine has 21 goals, including four game-winning goals, 14 assists, 20 penalty minutes in 54 games. His time-on-ice average is 18:43.

Bondra, the Capitals’ eighth-round (156th overall) selection in the 1990 entry draft, also has seven multi-point games this season, including a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Columbus on Nov. 29 and three assists in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Dec. 21. He missed four games from Dec. 31-Jan. 6 with a groin injury and one game with the flu against New Jersey on Jan. 17.

Earlier this season, Bondra reached the 800-point landmark with a goal on Nov. 24 at Detroit, making him the 28th active player to hit the plateau. He also became the 115th player in NHL history to attain 800 or more points in their career, and the 56th to accumulate at least 800 points with a single team (not necessarily their only team).

He leaves the Capitals as second on the club’s all-time games played (961), but first for points (825), goals (472), power-play goals (137), game-winning goals (73), shorthanded goals (32) and hat tricks (19). Bondra ranks sixth in assists (353). He is just the fifth active player to score 400 career goals with one team (Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman). Bondra holds Washington’s record with 13 consecutive 20-goal seasons. Bondra has recorded two 50-goal season (52 in both 1995-96 and ‘97-98) and twice he has led the NHL in goals (1994-95, ‘97-98). He was first in Washington in goals eight times, more than any player in club history. Since 1993-94, only Jagr (433 goals, 20 in 2003-04) has more goals (394, 21 in 2003-04).

On the international scene, Bondra has represented Slovakia in four international tournaments, including the Olympics (1998), the World Cup (1996) and the World Championships (2002, 2003). At the 2002 World Championships, he helped Slovakia win a gold medal, leading the tournament in goals scored (7) while ranking third in points (9) in nine games played. In 2003, he again represented Slovakia and won a bronze medal after recording five points (3-2) in eight games.

Laich, in his first professional campaign, played one game with the Senators this season on an emergency recall against the New Jersey Devils (Feb. 3, 2-1 loss). The centre recorded two penalty minutes, one shot and 9:34 of ice-time through 14 shifts. In 44 games with the Binghamton Senators, Laich has 15 goals, 18 assists, 16 penalty minutes and a +3 rating. He missed 10 games with Binghamton due to mononucleosis from Dec. 5 to 28. The 20-year old native of Wawota, Sask. was the Senators sixth-round pick (193rd overall) in the 2001 NHL entry draft. Laich played his junior hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw and Seattle franchises.

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