Thrashers pick up Dvorak

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired forward Radek Dvorak and a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller.

Dvorak has seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 53 games for Florida this season. He was in his fourth campaign in his second go-round with the Panthers, who selected him with the 10th overall pick of the 1995 draft.

The 33-year-old Czech native played his first 4 1/2 seasons with Florida, then spent time with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues before rejoining the Panthers for the 2007-08 season.

In 1,105 NHL games, Dvorak has 215 goals and 340 assists for 555 points. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Bergfors was acquired by Atlanta last year in the deal that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey. The 23-year-old Swede was selected by the Devils with the 23rd overall pick of the 2005 draft and can be a restricted free agent this summer.

In 52 games this season, Bergfors has notched 11 goals with 18 assists for 29 points but also has a minus-11 rating. He has 33 goals and 74 points in 142 games for the Devils and Thrashers.

Rissmiller, a 32-year-old journeyman, has appeared in one game this season for the Thrashers. He's also spent time with San Jose and the New York Rangers, compiling 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points in 183 NHL games.


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