Chad Kolarik, who split the past season between the Connecticut Whale and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, has signed with Linköping in the Swedish Hockey League.
Kolarik was drafted 199th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes After completing his senior year with the Michigan Wolverines in the 2007–08 season, Chad then signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes on April 13, 2008. He was then assigned to affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for the Calder Cup playoffs. On March 3, 2010, Kolarik was traded from the Coyotes to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Alexandre Picard. He made his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets on April 5, 2010 against the St. Louis Blues. On November 11, 2010, Kolarik was traded from the Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers in exchange for Dane Byers. He was expected to stick with the Rangers full-time the next season, but tore his ACL in training camp and missed the entire year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Kolarik from the New York Rangers in exchange for Benn Ferriero in January of 2013 and was assigned to the baby Penguins of the AHL. After 35 points in 41 games with the Whale before the trade, Kolarik managed to record another 33 points for a total of 68 on the season.
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