DALLAS, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent right wing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2,000,000 contract.
Hudler, 32, split the 2015-16 season with Calgary and Florida combining for 46 points (16-30=46) in 72 games played. Beginning the season in Calgary, he posted 35 points (10-25=35) in 53 games played. Acquired by Florida on Feb. 27, 2016, he went on to add 11 points (6-5=11) in 19 regular-season contests. He added one assist in six postseason games for the Panthers.
Playing in parts of 11 NHL seasons, he has appeared in 676 career regular-season games for Detroit, Calgary and Florida posting 417 points (161-256=417). He totaled a career-high 76 points during the 2014-15 campaign with Calgary and was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player who "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." His career shooting percentage of 15.1% is the third-highest amongst active NHL players.
In 83 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests, he has recorded 42 points (16-26=42) and four game-winning goals. He has made two Stanley Cup Final appearances (2008, 2009) with Detroit, winning the championship in 2008.
"Jiri brings a combination of detail, discipline and skill," said Nill. "He has a championship pedigree and adding him to our group of forwards solidifies our depth up front, giving our coaching staff a number of options and versatility."
Hudler has represented the Czech Republic at the World Championship three times (2003, 2013, 2014) and at the World Junior Championship three times (2002, 2003, 2004).
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound native of Olomouc, Czech Republic was originally selected by Detroit in the second round (58th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.