Tomas Kopecky has always been associated with successful teams. Since arriving in the NHL after the lockout, he has played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kopecky has constantly been improving as a player, posting a career-high every season.
The important thing that Kopecky brings to the table are on his fingers: two Stanley Cup rings, one with Detroit in 2008 and one with Chicago in 2010.
Of course, in 2008 with Detroit, Kopecky didn't play a post-season game due to a torn ACL, but his time in the Red Wing organization was vital in his improvement.
With the Blackhawks, Kopecky emerged as a great addition. His presence was shown in the Stanley Cup Final against the Flyers, scoring the winning goal of Game 1.
Florida would be a new challenge for Kopecky as the Panthers haven't made the postseason since the 1999-2000 season and haven't won a playoff series since their Cinderella run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.
Kopecky's presence in the Panther locker room is sure to be a boost for a young, up-and-coming team.