New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent right wing Radek Dvorak
. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dvorak, 25, regstered 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 65 contests with the Rangers last season. He ranked first on the team and tied for sixth in the National Hockey League with three shorthanded goals. Dvorak also made his first Olympic appearance for the Czech Republic at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, skating in four matches. The seven-year NHL veteran missed the final 14 games of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee on March 13 vs. Boston.
The 6-2, 200-pounder has skated in 529 career NHL contests with the Florida Panthers and the Rangers, notching 128 goals and 171 assists for 299 points, along with 162 penalty minutes. After being acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Todd Harvey and a fourth round draft choice in 2001 (Dimitri Patzold) on December 30, 1999, Dvorak has collected 59 goals and 78 assists for 137 points in 193 games as a Ranger. During the 2000-01 season, he established career-highs in several offensive categories, including goals (31), assists (36), points (67), power play goals (5) and shots on goal (230). Dvorak ranked second on the team with 31 goals and tied for fourth with 36 assists and 67 points.
The native of Tabor, Czech Republic was originally drafted as Florida’s first choice, 10th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to San Jose from Florida in exchange for Mike Vernon on December 30, 1999.