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Dvorak Making the Most of His Opportunity in Anaheim

The midseason signee has three goals in his last three games for the Ducks

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 3:22 PM / News
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Dvorak Making the Most of His Opportunity in Anaheim
“It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the league, but that’s how it is,” the personable Dvorak said soon after reporting to the Ducks last month. “That’s life. But it’s nice to be back with a team like Anaheim, one of the best teams in the league. I’m very happy.”
By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com

When the Ducks were looking for someone to fill the offensive gap left when Ryan Getzlaf missed the last three games with a leg injury, they certainly couldn’t have guessed they’d get it from a guy who wasn’t even in the league three weeks ago.

But 36-year-old Radek Dvorak has scored three goals in his last three games with the Ducks, including the only two for Anaheim in a 2-1 victory over the Oilers on Monday night.

Despite a resume that included 17 NHL seasons and 1,196 games, Dvorak wasn’t signed by an NHL team coming out of the lockout. The native of Tabor, Czechoslovakia played a handful of games for HC Davos in in Switzerland’s National League A before the Ducks signed him for the rest of the season back on March 24.

“It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the league, but that’s how it is,” the personable Dvorak said soon after reporting to the Ducks last month. “That’s life. But it’s nice to be back with a team like Anaheim, one of the best teams in the league. I’m very happy.”

Since being drafted 10th overall by Florida in 1995, Dvorak is well-traveled. He played for the Panthers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers and last year for the Dallas Stars. Count Saku Koivu among the Ducks teammates who were amazed Dvorak wasn’t plucked up by an NHL team sooner.

“He’s just a really good guy," Souray says. "He plays hard. He’s an honest player. He’s going to be a depth guy where he can fill in anywhere and play well. His attitude and consistency is as good as anybody.”

“If you look at his season last year in Dallas and the line he was a part of, the third line with (Vernon) Fiddler and (Eric) Nystrom, that was a really effective, tough line to play against,” Koivu told the OC Register. “I was real surprised to see that he didn’t get a job anywhere when the lockout ended.

“He went to Switzerland and had a few games there. But when you can add a guy like that and not lose an asset at that point of the season, I think it’s huge.”

It was in Dallas that Dvorak played with current Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray, who has had nothing but glowing things to say about “Devo.”

“I really enjoyed playing with him last year,” Souray said. “He plays really hard and he’s a positive and upbeat guy. “I was surprised he didn’t get a contract at the end of [last season] going into this year, because he had a pretty good year in Dallas. He was one of the guys who was really consistent. And again, his attitude was great last year.

“He’s just a really good guy. He plays hard. He’s an honest player. He’s going to be a depth guy where he can fill in anywhere and play well. His attitude and consistency is as good as anybody.”

Dvorak played seven regular season games for Davos this season, as well as a first round playoff series in which they were eliminated in Game 7.

“I went over to Switzerland to finish the season there, and deep in my mind, in my soul, I was hoping to come back, and it happened,” Dvorak said. “My priority, when I went to Switzerland, was to be there and play my best to help the team win, but we lost in the first round. I was there on my own. My family stayed in Florida so I didn’t see them for seven weeks.

Dvorak had the only two Ducks goals in Monday night's 2-1 victory over Edmonton. 

“As soon as I got back [to the States] I get a nice call from Anaheim and I couldn’t believe it. It was a nice surprise.”

And he’s paid the Ducks back with his recent offensive production, including Monday night against the Oilers when he punched in rebound goals in the first and third periods.

“I think Rick [Ducks Director of Player Personnel Rick Paterson] and Bob did a great job in finding this guy at the last moment here,” said coach Bruce Boudreau after that game. “Adding experience and depth to our roster where he can come in and play and make it almost a difficult decision on a nightly basis to put 12 guys in.

“Not because there’s not enough good forwards but because you have a plethora of them.”

With the postseason looming, the depth Dvorak adds to that forward corps could prove critical. During a time of the season when space on the ice is at a minimum, Dvorak “knows how to play in a tight game,” according to Boudreau.

Adds Souray, “He’s played a lot of games and has a lot of experience. For the amount of time left in the season and in the playoffs, he’s a perfect guy to have.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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