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Jiri Hudler Headed To Dallas

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Could end up being the best bang for the buck signing of a FA this offseason.  Hoping Vanek is, but not expecting it.

Posted by neffernin on 08/24/16 at 11:02 AM ET


Good signing for Dallas.

With the caveat that hindsight is 20/20 and that I’m really not trying to dust up another Ken Holland hatefest (there’s plenty of legitimate ammunition for that without making every player signing leaguewide somehow an indictment against him) ...

Hudler at 1 year / $2 million seems like a way better bet than Vanek at 1 year / $2.6 million. Dallas waited and IMO got the better player for cheaper.

Obviously there’s a risk to taking that approach (you might end up with nothing) and Dallas is maybe better positioned to take that risk than Detroit is—not to mention you could make a good argument that Detroit shouldn’t be signing stopgap vets in the first place. But as a Wings fan it’s hard not to feel a little more buyer’s remorse than usual with this.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 08/24/16 at 11:08 AM ET


Good signing by Nill.  Anyone else sick of Helen St James and Ansar acting like holland is a genius just so they can still get their interviews? The Dallas Stars never tanked to become a contender, Jim Nill got creative and built them the way they are.  He was exactly what Detroit needed when he left and anyone still supporting holland and his constant inconsistencies is an idiot.

Posted by SevensForTed on 08/24/16 at 11:12 AM ET

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I like the signing…I really do.

2 things though…

Dallas is much closer than the Wings are…


If Holland signed Hudler, every single one of you (probably myself included) would have rent through ‘the roof’.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 08/24/16 at 11:30 AM ET

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I remember reading a few weeks back speculation that the forward market might start shaking out as soon as the Vesey decision was made.  Perhaps this means one or more of Detroits 38 forwards will be moved.  I can only hope.

Posted by duhduhduh on 08/24/16 at 11:38 AM ET


Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 08/24/16 at 12:30 PM ET

Personally I would not have objected to signing Hudler. I think he is really underrated and undervalued by the market. He’s also an ace finisher, which the WIngs don’t exactly have in abundance.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 08/24/16 at 11:43 AM ET

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I love Happy…wish he had never left…but his last stint with the Wings left a lot to be desired.

This team needs to transition from the 2007-2008-sort of 2009ish juggernaut into a younger run and gun team.

Happy doing blow off a hooker’s back isn’t the kind of F/A the Wings need.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 08/24/16 at 12:40 PM ET

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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.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/24/16 at 01:06 PM ET

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The Dallas Stars never tanked to become a contender, Jim Nill got creative and built them the way they are.

Well, they did miss the playoffs for 5 straight years from 2008-2013 (finishing between 9th-12th place in the Western Conf), then Nill comes in, they make the playoffs once, miss once, then make it again. 

Drafting Jamie Benn sure has helped as well, though I’m pretty sure Nill was still in Detroit in 2007.

But man.  Must be nice to come into a team that was in the bottom 6 teams of the league for five years, make it to the second round of the playoffs, and then be recognized as a creative genius. 


Posted by TreKronor on 08/24/16 at 01:08 PM ET


Apparently Dallas expects all games this year to be 7-6. Goaltending? We don’t need no stinkin’ goaltending…

Posted by AZWinger on 08/24/16 at 01:50 PM ET

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