Austria's ice hockey star Michael Raffl has a new NHL club

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The 32-year-old from Carinthia signed a contract with the Dallas Stars until the end of the season.

Austria's ice hockey star Michael Raffl has a new NHL club

Michael Raffl can already be counted confidently in the NHL inventory. Because the Carinthian has been playing in the strongest ice hockey league in the world for half an eternity. In the coming season, the 32-year-old will chase the puck again in North America.

As the Dallas Stars announced on Thursday, the striker signed a one-season contract with the Texas NHL team. Raffl was a “free agent” after his contract with the Washington Capitals expired. The 32-year-old was free to choose his next employer. The transfer time in the NHL had officially started on Wednesday.

Raffl will collect $ 1.1 million for his signature, the stars said in a statement. “Michael is a solid striker who works front and back. He has a strong physical presence on the ice and will bring experience and breadth to our squad,” said general manager Jim Nill.

Born in Villach, he was on the ice for the Philadelphia Flyers last season and from mid-April for the Capitals. In 44 season games in the regular season he scored four goals and eleven assists. In the play-off, Washington said goodbye in the first round against the Boston Bruins.

In his NHL career, Raffl has now played 514 games in the regular season, in which he scored 163 points (82 goals, 81 assists). The six-time Austrian World Cup participant has been in action for Philadelphia since moving to North America in the summer of 2013.

Dallas was in the 2020 Stanley Cup final, where the Texans lost to Tampa Bay 2-4 in the series. In the past season, however, the stars missed the play-off.

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