NJD TV: Bobby Holik's 2007-08 at a glance
Durable vet makes an impact on the scoresheet and in the trenches
Thursday, 07.03.2008 / 1:30 PM / Features
By Eric Marin
Holik's first stint with the Devils lasted 10 seasons from '92-'02, and featured Stanley Cup wins in 1995 and 2000.
newjerseydevils.com – Bobby's back.
The hulking 6-4, 230-lb. center is a Devil once again, six years after leaving New Jersey as a free agent. Holik signed Tuesday for a second stint in the Garden State, joining Brian Rolston as the club's latest additions.
Originally drafted 10th overall by Hartford in 1989, Holik first arrived in New Jersey via the 1992 deal that shipped Sean Burke and Eric Weinrich to the Whalers. (Hartford also included the second-round pick that the Devils would use to select Jay Pandolfo in the 1993 Draft.)
|A familiar sight for Devils fans during Holik's career in New Jersey.
The 17-year veteran sits third on the Devils' all-time goals list (198), 10th in assists (265), and fifth in points (463). His 724 appearances ranks ninth all-time in team history.
At 37, Holik also remains remarkably durable. He has made 82 appearances in each of the last two seasons, and in three of the last four. He was sidelined for 18 games from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11, 2006, and hasn't missed any action since.
In 2007-08, Holik netted 15 goals and 19 assists with Atlanta, and will bring plenty of size and snarl to the Devils' lineup in 2008-09.
Here's a look back at some of his highlights from last season:
Dec. 7 vs. NY Rangers
Holik lays the body on Michal Rozsival [ 700K ].
Dec. 8 vs. Capitals
Showing his nose for the net against Olie Kolzig [ 700K ].
Dec. 14 vs. Maple Leafs
Alexei Ponikarovsky gets dumped by Holik in the neutral zone [ 700K ].
Dec. 26 vs. Blue Jackets
Targeting Duvie Westcott on the forecheck [ 700K ].
Dec. 29 - Jan 2
Holik records a season-high three-game goal streak [ 700K / 700K / 700K ].
Jan. 6 vs. Sabres
Derek Roy catches a thump from Holik at center ice [ 700K ].
Jan. 10 - Jan. 12
Holik ignites for a two-game goal streak [ 700K / 700K ].
Jan. 12 vs. Penguins
Holik knocks Sidney Crosby off the puck [ 700K ].
Jan. 22 vs. NY Rangers
Brandon Dubinsky gets steamrolled [ 700K ].
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1
Goals in back-to-back games for the former Thrashers captain [ 700K / 700K ].
Feb. 2 vs. Capitals
Taking out Mike Green [ 700K ].
Feb. 9 vs. Lightning
Former Bolt Brad Richards collides with Holik [ 700K ].
Feb. 28 vs. NY Islanders
Tying things up against the Isles [ 700K ].
March 1 vs. Bruins
Phil Kessel put to the ice by Holik [ 700K ].
March 13 vs. Flames
Holik burns Calgary for the game winner [ 700K ].
March 27 vs. Panthers
Banging home the rebound for a 1-0 lead [ 700K ].
April 5 vs. Lightning
Snapping an off-wing wrister for his 15th of the season [ 700K ].