According to a Springfield Falcons press release, the Tampa Bay Lightning, after deciding that both Jonathan Boutin
and Gerald Coleman
have passed Brian Eklund
on the goaltender depth chart, have traded Eklund to the Boston Bruins in his home state of Massachusetts. In return, the Lightning pick up former Atlanta third-rounder, winger Zdenek Blatny.
Blatny is in his fifth season of professional hockey and has spent time with both the Providence and Boston Bruins this season. In 35 games with Providence this season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic, has recorded eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points. Blatny is currently ranked fifth on Providence in scoring this season and also ranked fifth on the team in plus/minus with a +6 rating.
Blatny has played in 25 career NHL games, five with Boston and 20 with the Atlanta Thrashers. Blatny was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the third round (68th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Blatny split three seasons (2001-2004) between the Thrashers and the Chicago Wolves before spending the 2004-05 campaign playing in Europe.
Eklund played in 17 games for the Falcons this season posting a record of 5-11-1 with a 4.19 goals against average. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Braintree, MA made his NHL debut on November 8, 2005 against the Montreal Canadiens. He was demoted to the ECHL last week.