Report: Center has one-year deal to play for HC Sparta Prague

Updated: July 19, 2007, 1:43 PM ET
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Petr Nedved reportedly will not play another NHL game, settling on a contract with a Czech team rather than return for a 15th season in the league.

The veteran center has agreed to a one-year contract to play for Czech champion HC Sparta Prague, according to a report on TSN of Canada's Web site.

Nedved, 35, had two goals and 10 assists in 42 games in 2006-07; he was placed on waivers three times last season, with the Edmonton Oilers claiming him from the Philadelphia Flyers the third time. Nedved became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"Petr will be a huge draw for our fans, and due to many years of experience in the NHL, we also expect him to take a large share of responsibility [for the team]," HC Sparta Prague manager Petr Briza said in a statement.

During an NHL career that started in 1990 with the Vancouver Canucks, Nedved has 310 goals and 407 assists in 982 games. He played for HC Sparta Prague during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, scoring 22 goals and 13 assists in 44 games, and also played five games with Sparta during the 1997-98 season when he couldn't agree to terms on a new contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.