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Dvorak relishing chance to return to NHL with Ducks

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- After Radek Dvorak couldn't continue his 17-year career in the National Hockey League, he went to Switzerland. But he said that "deep in my mind and my soul I was hoping if I come back, maybe I can get another shot, and it happened."

Dvorak, who turned 36 this month, not only signed a one-year, $675,000 pro-rated contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday but he cleared waivers Monday to join a Stanley Cup-contending team. The veteran wing is sixth on the active games played list at 1,191, but he has not played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2005-06 season.

"I'm so glad it was Anaheim," Dvorak said. "It's nice to be back in the NHL. It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the League, but that's how it is. That's life. But like I said, it's nice to be back with a team like Anaheim -- one of the best teams in the League. I'm very glad and I'm very happy."

Dvorak must get his visa paperwork done to officially be on the roster. The Ducks do not have to make a move to add him.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Dvorak can play left or right wing and also indicated that he might not play every game. Dvorak was on a shutdown line with Vernon Fiddler and Eric Nystrom for the Dallas Stars last season and adds another two-way dimension for Anaheim.

"He can still skate, he can still play," Boudreau said. "And he's a good penalty killer, which I think you can never have enough of, so he's going to be a good advantage to our team."


Patrick MarleauJoe ThorntonBrent Burns

Tommy WingelsLogan CoutureMartin Havlat

James SheppardJoe PavelskiTJ Galiardi

Andrew DesjardinsScott GomezAdam Burish

Matt IrwinDan Boyle

Jason DemersMarc-Edouard Vlasic

Brad StuartJustin Braun

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Injured: Ryane Clowe (shoulder)

Scratched: Michal Handzus

NOTES: San Jose coach Todd McLellan ruled out Clowe for Monday night. Clowe has missed the past three games with a shoulder injury.

McLellan put Pavelski at center on the third line in order to shake something loose offensively for a team ranked 30th in scoring.

"The message has been delivered a number of different ways to him -- he has to pick it up -- there's no doubt about it," McLellan said. "He knows that. He's a very honest guy. He's not fooling anybody and not fooling himself. He understands his situation and what he can or can't bring to the team. We expect more from him and maybe this will trigger it, putting him back in the middle."

Pavelski has no goals in 10 straight games.

"I need to get going -- as do a lot of guys," Pavelski said.

Greiss has joined the Sharks, but McLellan said he's not ready to play.


Bobby RyanRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Kyle PalmieriPeter HollandTeemu Selanne

Daniel WinnikSaku KoivuAndrew Cogliano

Brad StaubitzDavid SteckelEmerson Etem

Sheldon SourayFrancois Beauchemin

Cam FowlerToni Lydman

Luca SbisaBen Lovejoy

Viktor Fasth

Jonas Hiller

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower body)

Scratched: Matt Beleskey

NOTES: Fasth was first off the ice. Staubitz came off with the regulars and will likely come in for Beleskey.

Bonino has been progressing but there is no new update, Boudreau said.

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