Blues sign 14-year veteran left winger Rucinsky

ST. LOUIS -- After spending last season in a familiar
place, Martin Rucinsky is returning to another.

Rucinsky, who completed his third tour of duty with the
New York Rangers last season, signed a contract Wednesday with the
St. Louis Blues, who employed the left wing in 2002-03.

Terms were not disclosed.

A veteran of 14 NHL campaigns, Rucinsky recorded 16 goals and 39
assists in 52 games in 2005-06 with New York, where he also
played parts of the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons. In between,
the 35-year-old skated with St. Louis, registering 16 tallies
and 30 points in 61 contests.

"In Martin, we have added a veteran goal scorer witih proven
leadership skills to our lineup today," Blues president John
Davidson said. "We are happy to have an opportunity to acquire
a player of Martin's ability and look forward to his second
stint with the St. Louis Blues."

Drafted 20th overall by Edmonton in 1991, Rucinsky has reached
the 20-goal plateau four times, including 1995-96, when he
scored a career-high 29. In 869 games with the Oilers,
Quebec-Colorado franchise, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars,
Rangers, Blues and Vancouver Canucks, he has collected 224
tallies and 339 assists.

A native of the Czech Republic, Rucinsky has represented his
country in three Winter Olympics, winning the gold medal in 1998
and bronze this past February.