The return of Pilar
Mike Penny, General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, announced today that the club has signed defenceman Karel Pilar to a standard player’s contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.When he was healthy, Pilar was one of those 'pleasant surprise' sort of players, a late-bloomer who was undrafted at 23 and skating in the Czech Republic in 2001. The Maple Leafs tossed a second-round pick at Pilar, despite his age, and in his only 'full' NHL season to date (2003-04), he was more than serviceable.
He's a big guy with a hard shot, but not a particularly physical player.
Pilar's biggest problem, however, has been his health, as he was diagnosed with e only skated in 20 games total last season with Sparta Praha in the Czech league.
Now 29, Pilar may simply have a very brief audition with the Marlies if his symptoms return, as they have in the past. Still, it'd make for a nice story with Tomas Kaberle injured if a fellow Czech can step in and fill a hole on the Toronto blueline.