'A new day' for Dvorak

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Radek Dvorak wanted to come back to play with the Edmonton Oilers this season.

Things, however, just didn't work out.

Dvorak and the Oilers parted ways this summer after just over two seasons and 174 games together.

Tonight, Dvorak, 29, makes his return to Edmonton as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

"It's going to be weird, but in a good way," Dvorak said. "Even the first game against the Oilers this year, seeing all the faces I played with last year, reminded me of a lot of great memories because it was something special last year.

"Coming back into this building, it's tough. But it's a new day, I'm playing for a new team and I'll just try to play my game and try to help the team win."

Dvorak scored 28 goals in his tenure with the Oilers. Last year he had eight goals and 20 assists in 64 regular season games, then added two assists in 16 playoff games.

This year with the Blues he has four goals and six assists in 10 games.

"It was a feeling out process for Radek and myself, to see the type of player he was and where he was going to fit in," said Blues head coach Mike Kitchen. "Recently, in the last eight or nine games, he's played very well for us. His ice time has increased and he's been a good fit for us. He's been on the right wing and left wing. I like his energy and his upbeat attitude."

Energy and attitude were never a problem with Dvorak in his days with the Oilers. He did, however, struggle to score which is something the Oilers were looking for from the native of Tabor, Czech Republic.

Dvorak, who was an unrestricted free agent this summer, was disappointed not to be back.

"That's part of the business of hockey," he said. "After last year it was tough to leave, but that's life. I like St. Louis. We have a hockey club, great ownership and all the guys on the team are great.

"It's just another team and I'll try to play my best in St. Louis."


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