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Kings Agree to Terms with Ponikarovsky

Tuesday, 07.27.2010 / 2:51 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Kings Agree to Terms with Ponikarovsky

Alexei Ponikarovsky has agreed to terms with the LA Kings.
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

Ponikarovsky, 30, recorded 21 goals – his fourth 20-goal campaign in the past five seasons – in 77 regular season games with Pittsburgh and Toronto in 2009-10. Other totals from this past season included 50 points (21-29=50), 61 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating for the 6-4, 229-pound native of Kiev, Ukraine.

Ponikarovsky, who has seen action in nine NHL seasons, totaled nine points (2-7=9) and 17 penalty minutes in 16 regular season games with Pittsburgh after the Penguins acquired him from Toronto for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula on March 2, 2010. Additionally, he notched a career high five points (1-4=5) and four penalty minutes in 11 postseason games with the Penguins during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ponikarovsky’s totals in Toronto this past season included 19 goals, 41 points (19-22=41) and 44 penalty minutes prior to the trade.

Ponikarovsky set career highs for games played (82), goals (23), assists (38) and points (61) while skating with Toronto during the 2008-09 season, and all but five of his goals were scored at even strength. He also had 38 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating that season.

In 2007-08, Ponikarovsky registered 18 goals, 35 points (18-17=35), 36 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating despite only appearing in 66 regular season games with the Maple Leafs.

In 2006-07, Ponikarovsky reached 21 goals for a second consecutive season while totaling 45 points (21-24=45), 63 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in 71 regular season games with the Maple Leafs. His six power play goals that season marked a new career high.

Ponikarovsky also collected 21 goals in 2005-06 to go along with 38 points (21-17=38), 68 penalty minutes and a career high plus-15 rating in 81 regular season games.

Ponikarovsky made brief appearances with the Maple Leafs in the 2002-03 (13 GP, 0-3=3, 11 PIM), 2001-02 (8 GP, 2-0=2, 0 PIM) and 2000-01 (22 GP, 1-3=4, 14 PIM) regular seasons and in the 2002 postseason (10 GP, 0-0=0, 4 PIM). He became a regular in the Maple Leafs line-up in 2003-04, scoring nine goals and 28 points (9-19=28), 44 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 73 regular season games. In addition, Ponikarovsky also collected four points (1-3=4) and eight penalty minutes in 13 games during the 2004 postseason with Toronto.

Ponikarovsky, who was originally selected by Toronto in the fourth-round (87th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, has 116 goals, 266 points (116-150=266), 335 penalty minutes and a plus-50 rating in 493 career NHL regular season games with Pittsburgh and Toronto. He also has appeared in 34 career postseason games, recording nine points (2-7=9), 16 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.

Prior to embarking on his NHL career, Ponikarovsky played professionally in Russia with both Dynamo Moscow and Krylya Sovetov.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1996-1997 Dynamo Moscow 2-Russia-3 60 12 15 27   30          
1996-1997 Dynamo Moscow 2-Russia-3 2 0 0 0   2          
1997-1998 Dynamo Moscow-Russia 24 1 2 3   30          
1998-1999 Krylja Sovetov Moscow-Russia 13 2 1 3   2          
1998-1999 Dynamo Moscow-Russia                      
1999-2000 THK Tver-Russia-2 29 8 14 22   26          
1999-2000 Dynamo Moscow-Russia 19 1 0 1   8          
1999-2000 Dynamo Moscow-EuroHL 2 0 2 2   0          
2000-2001 Maple Leafs 22 1 3 4 -1 14 0 0 0 21 4.8
2000-2001 St. John's Maple Leafs-AHL 49 12 24 36 11 44 3 0 1 126 9.5
2001-2002 Maple Leafs 8 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 8 25.0
2001-2002 St. John's Maple Leafs-AHL 72 21 27 48 4 74 4 1 2    
2001-2002 Ukraine-Olympics 4 1 1 2   6          
2002-2003 St. John's Maple Leafs-AHL 63 24 22 46 18 68 5 2 2 162 14.8
2002-2003 Maple Leafs 13 0 3 3 4 11 0 0 0 13 0.0
2003-2004 Maple Leafs 73 9 19 28 14 44 1 0 2 110 8.2
2004-2005 Khimik Voskresensk-Russia 19 1 5 6   16          
2005-2006 Maple Leafs 81 21 17 38 15 68 2 4 3 157 13.4
2006-2007 Maple Leafs 71 21 24 45 8 63 6 0 1 198 10.6
2007-2008 Maple Leafs 66 18 17 35 3 36 1 0 1 150 12.0
2008-2009 Maple Leafs 82 23 38 61 6 38 5 0 3 185 12.4
2009-2010 Maple Leafs 61 19 22 41 5 44 4 0 1 147 12.9
2009-2010 Penguins 16 2 7 9 -6 17 1 0 0 37 5.4
  NHL Totals 493 116 150 266 50 335 20 4 12 1,026 11.3
Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1998-1999 Dynamo Moscow-Russia 3 0 0 0   2          
1999-2000 Dynamo Moscow-Russia 1 0 0 0   0          
2000-2001 St. John's Maple Leafs-AHL 4 0 0 0   4 0 0 0    
2001-2002 Maple Leafs 10 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 0.0
2001-2002 St. John's Maple Leafs-AHL 5 2 1 3   8 0 1 0    
2003-2004 Maple Leafs 13 1 3 4 -1 8 0 0 1 23 4.3
2009-2010 Penguins 11 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 0 20 5.0
  NHL Totals 34 2 7 9 -1 16 0 0 1 50 4.0