After starting 2006-07 with 21 games for the Flyers and 14 more for the Philadelphia Phantoms in the AHL, he was claimed off of waivers by the Oilers where his NHL career would conclude with 1 goal and 5 points in 19 games, leaving many to believe his playing days were over.
Nedvěd returned to Europe and signed with Sparta for the 2007-08 season, scoring 20 goals in 45 games. He took one final shot at the NHL, but was released by the Rangers during training camp in advance of the 2008-09 season. Still not ready to hang up his skates, Nedvēd signed with HC Bílí Tygri in his hometown of Liberec.
Two years later he would be named to the squad that would compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "My whole life has been a strange journey," Nedved said at Bolshoy Ice Dome. "It was a great honor to play for Canada. I really, really enjoyed it. Now playing for my own country, it's a special meaning to me, especially at my age and the last season of my career. I couldn't ask better for anything than that.
Nedved keeps lacing up the skates for a simple reason.
"I still love the game he said. "I love the competition. I still have the drive. (But) this is my last season. I kind of feel that I could probably play maybe for a couple more years, (but) it's time.
"I never thought at the end of my career, after 20 years, I would go to the Olympic Games. This is kind of a nice way to end my career."
At the conclusion of Liberec's 2014-15 season, Nedvěd would finally retire at the age of 43 on March 13, 2014.
Due to Nedvěd's holdouts, which contributed to his frequent trades, his Sillinger Number (the number of different jerseys worn in one's NHL career) is 24, thanks in part to his time with the Rangers, as they wore not only home and road sweaters, but two colors of alternate jerseys as well as a pair of vintage throwbacks and a special one-off jersey during his time in New York.
In 1995, Nike purchased Canstar, a part of which was the Bauer brand. Beginning in 1996, Nike took over as the supplier of jerseys to the IIHF and hit the ground running with their beautiful "waving flag" jerseys, which most teams wore at the 1996 World Championships. The Czechs, however, did wear a more traditional jersey style, branded as Bauer, with classic straight waist and shoulder striping when they won the 1996 World Championship.
They debuted their new waving flag style at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey later that fall, again branded as Bauer, along with Sweden and Canada. These three teams wore the larger 4" diameter tournament patch, while the other five teams in the tournament, Finland, Slovakia, Russia, Germany and the United States, all wore Nike branded jerseys and used the 3" diameter tournament logo patch.
These beautiful jerseys would have an all to short life span. They would be used again during the 1997 World Championships, but replaced for the first Olympics with NHL participation in February of 1998.
Extra bonus jersey: Today's extra bonus jersey is a 2002-03 New York Rangers Petr Nedvēd jersey from the team the well-traveled Nedved is most closely associated with due to his five year run with the club during his second stint with the club.