Sabres agree to terms with D Spacek

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - Like fellow defenseman Chris Pronger, Jaroslav Spacek wanted out of Edmonton.

After helping Pronger lead the Edmonton Oilers to within one victory of the Stanley Cup, Spacek on Wednesday agreed to terms with the Buffalo Sabres on a multi-year contract.

Pronger was traded to Anaheim on Monday after saying he wanted to leave Edmonton.

The 5-11, 204-pound Spacek, 32, split last season between Chicago and Edmonton, recording a combined 12 goals and 31 assists in 76 games. He finished second among NHL defenseman with 14 points in 24 playoff games during the Oilers’ postseason run.

The blue liner has 51 goals and 154 points in 496 career games with the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago and Edmonton. He also won a gold medal with the Czech Republic in the 1998 Olympics and won a bronze in the 2006 Games.

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Updated Wednesday, Jul 5, 2006