NHL Free Agent Radek Dvorak Signs With Davos In Switzerland
With the NHL season in full bloom and no team to play for, former NHL forward Radek Dvorak has signed a deal with HC Davos in Switzerland for the remainder of the season.
Dvořák was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, tenth overall, by the Florida Panthers. A veteran of over 1,100 NHL games, Radek has played for the Panthers,New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, a brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers and most recently with Dallas. Dvořák began his NHL career as an eighteen-year-old with the Florida Panthers in the 1995–96 season. In 77 games, Dvořák scored 13 goals and 27 points, as the Panthers reached the playoffs for the first time in club history. Dvořák helped the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, earning four points in 16 games. In 1999–2000, Dvořák scored 7 goals and 17 points in 35 games before being traded, when, on December 30th, 1999, the Panthers traded him to the San Jose Sharks for Mike Vernon and the Sharks 3rd round draft pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The Sharks traded Dvořák to the New York Rangers for Todd Harvey and the Rangers 4th round draft pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft just minutes after.
In 79 games with the Rangers during the 2000-2001 season, Dvořák scored 31 goals and 36 assists for 67 points to finish fourth in team scoring, his best numbers to date. After the 2004-2005 lockout, Dvorak helped the Edmonton Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Finals before losing out to Carolina in the 7th and deciding game. Dvořák spent the 2006–07 with the Blues, where in 82 games, he scored 10 goals and recorded 27 assists for 37 points. The Blues failed to qualify for the playoffs, and Dvořák left as a free agent after the season, returning to the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2007. He saw his numbers rebound in the 2008–09 season, as Dvořák had 15 goals and 36 points in 81 games, a step up from his 8 goals and 17 points the previous year. On February 28, 2011, the Panthers traded him, and a fifth round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the Atlanta Thrashers for Patrick Rissmiller and Niclas Bergfors, only to sign with the Dallas Stars at the end of the season.
In 1191 career NHL games, Dvorak managed to record 219 goals and 577 points between six clubs. At 35 years old, a return to the NHL is uncertain for Dvorak, but if he ever does return, it will likely be in a bottom six role.
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