Židlický with the Devils in 2013
|Born||February 3, 1977
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|New Jersey Devils
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||176th overall, 2001
New York Rangers
Career[change | change source]
Before playing in the NHL, Židlický played five seasons in the Czech Extraliga with HC Kladno and four seasons in the SM-liiga with HIFK. He was drafted by the New York Rangers with the 176th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers and Židlický could not agree on contract terms and he stayed in Finland for a year to play with the HIFK. On December 12, 2002, he was traded along with Rem Murray and Tomáš Klouček to the Nashville Predators for Mike Dunham. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he returned to Finland and returned to play for HIFK. He signed a four-year contract worth $13.5 million with the Predators on May 8, 2006.
The Predators traded him to the Minnesota Wild for Ryan Jones and a second round draft pick on July 1, 2008. He played four seasons with the Wild. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux and a 2nd round draft pick from the Washington Capitals. The Devils resigned him in July 2013.