Martin Straka: Done as a New York Ranger

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 26, 2008

In a breaking news story released by the Blue Shirt Bulletin, Martin Straka has officially announced that he has left the National Hockey League to continue his career in the Czech Republic. Straka has signed a contract with his hometown team HC Lasselsberger Plzen and will also serve as the team’s sporting director.

 Straka played for Plzen before moving to the NHL, and also during the 2004-05 lockout season. This could very well be the first sign that the "Czech Brigade" is on it's way out, which is good news for any fan that wants the franchise to head in a different direction.

This also means that Michal Rozsival will more then likely not be invited back (the Rangers already declined a contract offer he made) and it could also mean that the chances of signing Jagr have gone down even though he himself has said nothing about the situation. In 954 NHL games played, Straka tallied 257 goals along with 460 assists for 717 points.

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