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Blues continue to make additions, sign veteran Dvorak

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

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.