39-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Karel Pilar Contract Information:
One year deal worth $500,000, signed in October 2003. Signed a contract with Atlanta in August of 2007 -- terms were not disclosed. Claimed on waivers by Chicago on September 27, 2007. Re-claimed by the Thrashers off waivers in October of 2007.
Pilar was re-claimed off waivers by Atlanta from Chicago.
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Originally a 2nd round pick by Toronto in 2001, Pilar was a top prospect in the Leafs system until a viral myopathy in his heart put his career into jeopardy. Pilar has recovered and had a good season in the Czech league last year scoring 28 points in 52 games. He signed this off-season with Atlanta and will be competing for one of the last few defense spots. Pilar has a small amount of upside but even in the best scenario he will only have minimal fantasy value.
Health issues derailed Pilar's somewhat promising career. Now just a depth NHL defenseman at best.
This sweet-passing, hard-shooting defender with below average skills in his own zone is lost to the Leafs for the first half of 2005-06 with a recurrance of a mysterious heart condition that felled him in 2003-04. He's a fringe fantasy producer at the best of times; strike him off your draft list.