Devils acquire Viktor Kozlov from Florida
East Rutherford, NJ (newjerseydevils.com) -- The New Jersey Devils
today acquired forward Viktor Kozlov from the Florida Panthers in
exchange for forward Christian Berglund and defenseman Victor
Uchevatov. The announcement was made by Devils' CEO/President/General
Manager Lou Lamoriello.
"Viktor Kozlov is a skilled two-way player who brings size and
strength to the center position on our hockey club," said Lamoriello.
Kozlov, 29, was born February 14, 1975 in Togliatti, USSR, and is in
his ninth full National Hockey League season. He was fourth on the
Panthers with 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points and 16 penalty
minutes in 48 games in 2003-04. Kozlov's career totals show 130 goals
and 230 assists for 360 points and 168 penalty minutes in 588 career
regular-season games with San Jose and Florida .
The 6'5", 235 lb. forward was acquired by the Panthers on November
17, 1997 after spending three-plus seasons with the Sharks. Kozlov
was San Jose 's first choice, and the sixth overall selection in the
1993 Entry Draft, and made his NHL debut February 18, 1995. He split
his first two seasons in North America between San Jose and Kansas
City (IHL). Kozlov also represented the World Team at the 2000 NHL
He played two-plus seasons with Dynamo Moscow (CIS), and spent the
1991-92 season with Lada Togliatti (CIS). Viktor and his wife Yana ,
have one daughter, Alexandra.
Berglund, 23, is in his third season in North America . He has two
goals and three assists for five points and four penalty minutes in
23 games this season. Uchevatov, 21, is in his third season with
Albany . He had three assists and 46 penalty minutes in 52 AHL games