One of the potential consolation prizes in the Jimmy Vesey bidding war has signed with a team that was never in on the college free agent.
According to a report, the Dallas Stars have reportedly signed veteran forward Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2M deal.
Hudler, who will turn 33 in January, had 16 goals and 30 assists between Calgary and Florida last season (he was traded to the Panthers at the deadline for a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a fourth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft). Originally a second round pick by the Red Wings in 2002, Hudler has played in 676 regular season games with Detroit, Calgary and Florida.
We were never thrilled by the idea of adding another veteran forward in Chicago, though Hudler would have filled a need. Chicago will likely move forward with their emerging prospects given an opportunity to win ice time. Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte, Ryan Hartman, Vince Hinostroza and Tanner Kero are all expected to get a long look during training camp. As Rob Vollman noted at NHL.com earlier this month, both Motte and Schmaltz could translate to the NHL as well as/better than Jimmy Vesey.