Blues continue to make additions, sign veteran Dvorak

Updated: September 14, 2006, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues continued their makeover by signing free-agent right winger Radek Dvorak on Thursday.

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Terms were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old Dvorak has 161 goals, 251 assists and 244 penalty minutes in a 10-year career with Florida, the New York Rangers and Edmonton. He has played in two Stanley Cup Finals, including last season, when the Oilers lost in seven games to Carolina.

Dvorak, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from the Czech Republic, was drafted by Florida in the first round, 10th overall, in 1995.

Blues president John Davidson called Dvorak the Oilers' best player in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

"He brings good speed to our lineup and will be a great asset to our penalty kill," said Davidson, whose team finished with the NHL's worst record last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

Dvorak's best season was 2000-01 with the Rangers, when he had 31 goals and 36 assists. He had eight goals and 20 assists last season.

The Blues, who managed just 57 points last season, began rebuilding by taking 18-year-old defenseman Erik Johnson with the first overall pick in the June draft.

The process accelerated in July when the Blues were sold by Bill and Nancy Laurie to an ownership group led by Dave Checketts, former head of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. Checketts immediately named Davidson, a former goalie and NHL broadcaster, team president.

Since then, they've re-signed Doug Weight, who was dealt to Carolina at the trade deadline. The Blues will pay Weight $7 million over two years.

They also signed free-agent forward Bill Guerin to a one-year deal; signed forward Dan Hinote to a three-year, $3 million deal; signed veteran defenseman Jay McKee to a four-year, $16 million contract; and signed 35-year-old forward Martin Rucinsky.

St. Louis also re-signed 37-year-old Dallas Drake, the team's captain from last season.

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