Veteran right winger and NHL journeyman Radek Dvorak (34 years old) has signed with the Dallas Stars, according to multiple media reports. He joins D Adam Pardy and C Vernon Fiddler as the newest acquisition in the Stars low budget, owner-less world.
This one is a bit of a head scratcher. We're not going to lie about it. A former teammate of Joe Nieuwendyk's in Florida, he has been a Panther, a New York Ranger, an Edmonton Oiler, a St. Louis Blue, a Florida Panther again, and an Atlanta Thrasher. He scored 67 points once with the Rangers about 10 years ago and has seen his point totals steadily decline since.
These days he projects at about 10 goals and 30 points in a good situation and seems likely to be a depth player on the Stars, except for the fact that the Stars top six forward situation is a little bare right now. Vernon Fiddler allows Steve Ott to move up with that group a little bit but there's still hole and Dvorak may be the guy asked to try and fill it as one of the teams few right shots (why are we always saying that year after year?)
Mike Heika says Dvorak can be "scaled up or down", so once free agency is complete we'll have to see which direction they're going, but right now it seems like scaled up is a better guess. For better or worse.
The deal is for only a single year at a low $1.5 million.
We look forward to Mr. Dvorak recapturing the days of his youth, as well as mentoring young Mr. Tomas Vincour who happens to be a fellow Czech Republic countryman, as Razor pointed out on Twitter. A change of scenery could be good for him. Getting away from the Panthers is usually good for most people.