The Dallas Stars have bolstered their forward group by signing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million deal as first reported by Sonny Sachdeva on Tuesday night.
Hudler, who will reunite with GM Jim Nill after their time in Detroit, posted 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season. Ten of those 46 points came via the power play, which means the Stars’ fourth-ranked power play just got even better.
As Travis Yost of TSN detailed last month, Hudler isn’t just a winger who can score at even strength and chip in on the power play, he also makes his teammates better when they’re on the ice with him, even going back as far as 2010:
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