Five Questions With … Radek Dvorak

Radek Dvorak was acquired by the Thrashers at the February trade deadline in a deal with Florida. Dvorak played 13 games with the Thrashers with one assist. He missed the final six games with a concussion. The injury also kept Dvorak from playing for the Czech Republic in the world championships.

The unrestricted free agent forward has expressed his desire to remain in Atlanta.

In the next of a series of interviews with Thrashers players following the 2010-11 season, here is some of what Dvorak had to say about his future plans and the potential of countryman Ondrej Pavelec.

Q. What are your plans considering you are an unrestricted free agent?

A. I haven’t been here a long time, just traded here a month ago. I like it here. We had a great push but obviously it didn’t happen for us. I like the future. We have a great chance. If you look at the team, [there is] a lot of young talent here, great leadership. I just wish I can be here next season. Hopefully we can work something out with Atlanta and I can be here next year.

Q. Will you explore other options?

A. Atlanta is my first option. Like I said, I like it here. I have been here only for a short time but a great experience. I see the future as very bright. They were at the eighth spot for a lot of the season. I strongly believe we have a great chance next year.

Q. What is your relationship like with Ondrej Pavelec? Do you think you could be like a big brother to him?

A. Maybe like his dad [laughing]. I’m getting old now. For years to come he will be one of the key players. He showed this year he can play. He had a great season. Every team needs to have a good goalie and he is one of the better goalies in the league. He will be better every year. With him, it will be better next year.

He’s got size. He’s got strength. He’s got quickness. He showed you guys this year that he can play. With him in the net, when a team has a goalie like him, it’s always easier. I see a bright future with him and a big potential.

Q. Is there pressure to play for a team that can get to the playoffs? It’s been a few years since you’ve been in the postseason?

A. Of course. That’s why I want to sign here. I have a strong belief that we have a great chance to be in the playoffs next year. I want to help this team to make the playoffs. I’ve been in the league a long time. I’ve been to the playoffs. I’ve been on two Stanley Cup runs. I know it takes to make the playoffs. Hopefully I can bring this experience next year and help. That’s why I want to stay here. It’s a great challenge for everybody, especially for me. I’m getting older but this is a great challenge and a great opportunity to do something special.

Q. How many more years would you like to play?

A. A few more years. I think I can still compete with the guys in the league. I think I have a few more years left.

The series will continue through next week. Coming Friday, Tim Stapleton.

16 comments Add your comment

Hockeyfan

May 5th, 2011
9:51 am

I wont be disappointed if he isnt back here next season

KLS1

May 5th, 2011
10:05 am

Look at this interview and think back to the one with Zach. Which player do you want in the locker room next year?

ThrasherTim

May 5th, 2011
10:55 am

I definitely think he should be back. We need a couple of veteran guys and he is a solid 2-way player who can relieve some of our top guys on the PK. I would imagine we can get him to sign for a little bit of a home-town discount.

radeksmom

May 5th, 2011
12:38 pm

WHY EVEN? What a waste of blog space.

Dwayne

May 5th, 2011
1:12 pm

4th liner, shoot out potential?

kent

May 5th, 2011
2:01 pm

Why do you think he would want to stay in Atlanta- give me a break. This is a bunch of garbage.

pucktart

May 5th, 2011
3:06 pm

He’s got to go!! Not worth what we traded for him, should have kept bergsfor…..

Brendan

May 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

I’d be surprised if he re-signs in Atlanta, frankly. But, he does make our PK unit better. And our PK unit needs all the help it can get. I just think Radek will look to go elsewhere.

Sam

May 5th, 2011
7:56 pm

Radek was speedy even with the bum hanstring. Good on the PK. Would like to see what a healthy Dvorak cold do.

5 on 5 = 25

May 5th, 2011
9:21 pm

Ok…time to bag the 5 questions thing. No one else worth reading about. File this blog under WGAS.

Brie

May 5th, 2011
10:04 pm

I’m glad Dvorak is here (I’m a music teacher, and I love his Slavonic Dances, heh heh). I think, once he’s healthy, he will be a good, strong player and part of the veteran presence we need.
I also enjoy reading about EVERY player on our team. Each person is a part of the machine, not just the shiny ones. Keep ‘em coming, please! I’m glad to have something to read besides the gloom and doom!

jebediah

May 6th, 2011
10:03 pm

well guys, looks like the jig is up… Phx stays and ATL moves to wpg. This weeks stories about no interest in local ATL ownership is all NHL PR exit strategy. ATL to wpg relocation money will be used to assist in PHX deal… watch how quickly this unfolds. NHL is not going to go the lengths it has for the jokes.

[...] AJC.COM: Chris Vivlamore recently interested Radek Dvorak, who was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in late-February, on his off-season plans. Dvorak admitted he liked Atlanta and the Thrashers future, and hopes to re-sign with them. [...]

sammykatz

May 7th, 2011
4:52 pm

lol, @jebediah! Thrashers aren’t going anywhere, just like the Coyotes aren’t moving. Winnipeg is no more than a pawn to the NHL. GO MOOSE!

Mat"T"

May 7th, 2011
6:13 pm

Man, all these “hockey fans” with crappy attitudes are getting old! We have a lot to look forward to and I think Dvorak can be a part of it! This team has the talent to take it to the next level and the next. I am on board with it, if you are not stop crying or move to Winnipeg! New ownership is coming and we are playoff bound. It is going to be like the Falcons in 2001-a great time to be a Thrasher fan.

Smoothie

May 10th, 2011
11:46 am

If y’all can’t see the importance of bringing back a savvy vet like Radek who seems convinced of this team’s future potential, then might I suggest you simply find another team to pull for cuz you’re delusional to think Dvorak is not worth re-signing. He’s the kind of versatile veteran presence this team needs in the bottom 6 to help show the kids the right way to play the game. Leadership from someone like him cannot be overestimated.