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Ducks sign Radek Dvorak, must wait out waivers to get him

Mar 24, 2013, 12:55 PM EST

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Remember Radek Dvorak? He played for the Dallas Stars last season and has a 15-season NHL record to his name. Well, he’s coming back to North America after signing a one-year pro-rated $675,000 deal with the Anaheim Ducks as TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports. There is a catch, however.

He’s got to make it through waivers if he wants to play for Anaheim.

Dvorak spent this season playing for Davos in Switzerland and now that their season is over, he’s coming back stateside. Any player looking to play in the NHL from Europe has to go through waivers first and that usually means whoever signs them isn’t likely to get them.

We’ve seen players do this in past seasons, most notably Antti Miettinen, Evgeni Nabokov, and Marek Svatos only to see them all claimed on waivers by other teams. Miettinen was signed by Tampa Bay only to be claimed by Winnipeg, Nabokov wanted to join Detroit but landed on Long Island, and the very forgettable Svatos was signed by St. Louis and was picked off by Nashville.

Ducks fans might want to hold off on getting that Dvorak jersey for the time being.

  1. DED - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I liked Dvo from back in his Ranger days, but he’s never been able to capture the scoring magic of the 2000-01 season when he was on the Czech line with Nedved and Hlavac.

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