The 36-year old Nedved even scored the other night in a pre-season game against Tampa Bay, but according to Glen Sather, the salary cap and Ranger prospects were what doomed him.
"I told him this summer we had a lot of young guys and we have only so many spots," Glen Sather told Weinman. "Plus, there's a cap issue to deal with. I thought he played well. I just knew what we'd be up against. But I didn't want to not give him the opportunity."
Either that or Sather didn't want to pay another American Airlines baggage fee of $15 on their flight to Prague.
The writing might be on the wall for Nedved's career, as there won't be many takers for a 36-year old player with a history of contract disputes, who's played for five different teams since the 2003-04 season and who was actually traded for a coach. What might be an option (a rich option at that, knowing Nedved's penchant for money over success) would be playing in the KHL.
They haven't signed an over-aged or useless NHL castaway in quite some time, right?
While Nedved will fade away from the NHL now, he'll always be a part of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey legend for his memorable fourth-overtime goal against the Washington Capitals during the 1996 playoffs.
- Glen Sather
- Czech Elite League