Report: Salcido signs in Prague.

A dateline out of Prague followed by Brian Salcido’s name, as well as this rough translation (thanks to The NHL Arena) is adequate indication that the defenseman has signed in the Czech Extraliga.

Salcido was a fifth-round draft pick by the Ducks in 2005. A consistent offensive-minded defenseman at the American Hockey League, Salcido’s defensive shortcomings were enough to keep him from landing a job in Anaheim. In four professional seasons, the Hermosa Beach native appeared in two games with the Ducks in February 2009, recording one assist.

The 25-year-old was re-signed for a year after his entry-level deal expired in 2009, and became an unrestricted free agent July 1. Last season, when the Ducks didn’t have their own AHL affiliate, he recorded eight goals and 18 points in 68 regular-season games for the Manitoba Moose. He also had one assist in six playoff games for the Moose.

HC Sparta Prague plays in the highest league in the Czech Republic, which the IIHF recently rated the third-strongest league in Europe.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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