Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Andy Delmore from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third round draft selection in 2002. Poile also said the Predators had signed forwards Marian Cisar Bill Bowler, David Gosselin, defensemen Pavel Skrbek and Mikhail Chernov
Delmore, 24, appeared in 66 games with Philadelphia last season, collecting 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and 16 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 192-pound defenseman appeared in two playoff contests with Philadelphia, notching the game-winning goal at Buffalo in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 16, 2001. During the 1999-00 playoffs, Delmore became the first NHL rookie defenseman and the first Flyers defenseman to recond a hat trick in a postseason game (May 7, 2000 vs. Pittsburgh). Delmore also tied for the NHL lead among rookies in goals (five) during the post-season. The LaSalle, Ontario native has appeared in 95 career NHL contests, registering 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) and 24 penalty minutes.
"Andy played well in the 2000 playoffs and then enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2001-02," Poile said. "He solidifies our defense and brings good all-around skill and skating ability to our club."
Delmore was originally signed as a free agent by Philadelphia on June 9, 1997.
Cisar, 23, appeared in 60 games with Nashville, registering 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) after being recalled from Milwaukee (IHL) on November 19, 2000. He led the club's rookies in scoring and tied for fourth on the club in power play goals (five). The 6-0, 192-pound right wing tied for 12th in goals and power play points (eight), while tying for 14th in scoring (27 points). The Bratislava, Slovakia native was acquired on June 1, 1998 from Los Angeles in exchange for future considerations.
Skrbek, 22, tied for second among Milwaukee defensemen in assists (22) and ranked third in scoring (24 points) in 54 contests during the 2000-01 season. The 6-3, 215-pound blueliner appeared in five games with Nashville during the 2000-01 campaign. He was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for Bob Boughner on March 13, 2000. The Kladno, Czech Republic native was originally Pittsburgh's second choice, 28th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
Bowler, 25, appeared in nine contests with the Columbus Blue Jackets, notching two assists during the 2000-01 season, while making his NHL debut with Columbus on December 27, 2000 at New Jersey. The 5-9, 180-pound center led Syracuse (AHL) in assists (58) and points (79), while ranking fourth in goals (21) in 2000-01. The Toronto, Ontario native was claimed on waivers by Nashville from Columbus on June 19, 2001.
Chernov, 22, spent the last three seasons with Philadelphia (AHL), posting 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) in 163 games. He ranked third among defensemen in scoring with a career-high 20 points in 2000-01. The 6-2, 205-pound blueliner won a silver medal with Russia at the 1998 World Junior Championships, posting two goals and two assists in the tournament. The Prokopjevsk, Russia native was acquired by Nashville from Philadelphia for Mike Watt on May 24, 2001.
Gosselin, 24, appeared in 32 games with Milwaukee registering 14 points (five goals, nine assists) before suffering a season-ending knee injury on December 28 vs. Grand Rapids. He played in ten games with the Predators in 1999-00, including his first career NHL contest on March 14, 2000 at Detroit, and notched his first career NHL goal on March 17, 2000 at Phoenix. The 6-1, 200-pound right wing was signed as a free agent by Nashville on July 9, 1998 and was originally New Jersey's fourth selection, 78th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
In keeping with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.