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Stars Add Radek Dvorak, Vernon Fiddler In Free Agency

The Dallas Stars continued their early activity in NHL free agency by signing forwards Radek Dvorak and Vernon Fiddler to new deals.

Dvorak comes from Atlanta/Winnipeg and signs a one-year contract for $1.5. He played with the Panthers and Thrashers last season and scored 22 points in 66 games. Now, 34, Dvorak has evolved into a reliable two-way right sided forward.

Fiddler comes from Phoenix, where he filled a pure checking role. The Stars made more of a commitment to him, penning him to a three-year deal for $5.4 million. He’s 31 and plays center and left wing while averaging about ten goals and 26 points over the past five seasons. Mark Stepneski notes that he won 53.9% of his faceoffs last season, so that’s a nice added element.

It was believed that the Stars had to add $10 million to reach the NHL’s minimum salary level. With Adam Purdy’s deal, the Stars have spent $5.3 million so far on the first day of free agency on back-end-of-the-roster role players.

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