By Mike Meyer
Dallas Stars Writer
Edmonton Oilers Writer
St. Louis Blues Writer
Reports have begun to circle around that Jiri Hudler will be taking his talents to Dallas. On August 24th, Dallas has reportedly signed* Hudler to a 1-year contract worth $2 million.
Though at a half the yearly value of his contract in Calgary, Hudler in the Lone Star State could be a very low risk, high reward contract for the Stars. The 32-year-old, Hudler saw plenty of success with Calgary in the 248 games he suited up for.
Before being traded to the Panthers at the NHL Trade Deadline in February, Hudler netted 68 goals and 192 total points for the Flames. He went on to rack up 11 points in 19 games for the Florida Panthers after the trade.
The veteran can help reinforce the talent along the right wing side along with Alex Hemsky, Patrick Eaves, and Brett Ritchie. Though the signing of Hudler for Dallas Stars fans does look good, one person that might take offense to this could certainly be Restricted Free Agent and right winger, Valeri Nichuskin.
By bringing in Hudler, does this bode well for things to come for Valeri? Or is this merely a veteran talent that Dallas can add to their arsenal as a security blanket, should things go south for Nichuskin?
*It’s now been confirmed that Hudler has signed.