Thrashers re-acquire D Pilar from Blackhawks

Oct 3, 2007 - 4:41 AM ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Less than a week after being taken from the Atlanta Thrashers, Karel Pilar is back with the organization.

Five days after being claimed off waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks, Pilar was claimed by the Thrashers on Tuesday.

The defenseman will remain in the Windy City, however, as Atlanta assigned him to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Pilar is attempting to return to the NHL after battling viral myopathy, a condition that stiffens the heart. The 29-year-old defenseman last appeared in the league with Toronto in 2003-04, when he recorded two goals and 17 assists in 50 games.

The 6-2, 206-pound Czech played in his native country the following two campaigns before making the trek back to North America in 2006-07, when he notched two tallies and seven points in 10 games with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

A second-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2001, Pilar signed with the Thrashers on August 8. He has collected six goals and 24 assists in 90 career NHL games with Toronto.

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