Johnny Oduya has signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars.
“Johnny is a steady, veteran presence on the blue line and he’ll complement our group nicely,” GM Jim Nill said in a release. “He has achieved a great deal of success, winning the Stanley Cup twice, and his championship-mentality will be valuable in our room.”
Oduya had wanted to remain in Chicago. The 33-year-old spent two weeks as an unrestricted free agent, waiting to see if the Blackhawks could clear cap space. But in an interesting twist, his fate may have been determined when Chicago traded Patrick Sharp to the Stars, with veteran defender Trevor Daley coming to the ‘Hawks in return.
That left an opening on a relatively inexperienced Stars blue line. In fact, Oduya is now the oldest defenseman in Dallas. The next oldest is Alex Goligoski, who’s 29.
The Lahti Pelicans of Finland’s top league announced that they have signed Ryan Potulny.
The 30-year-old forward is a product of the University of Minnesota and was a finalist for the 2005-06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He recorded 38 goals and 63 points in 41 NCAA contests that season while playing on a team that also featured Phil Kessel, Alex Goligoski, and Blake Wheeler.
The Philadelphia Flyers took him with the 87th overall pick in 2003. He has 22 goals and 49 points in 126 NHL contests with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Edmonton Oilers.
At his height, he scored 15 goals and 32 points in 64 games with Edmonton in 2009-10.
He spent the 2014-15 campaign with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring two goals and five points in 25 games.
For the first time in four tries this season the Dallas Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks
Cody Eakin scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves as the Stars doubled up the Blackhawks 6-3 Sunday night.
With the loss, Chicago has dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 1 and Nov.2.
The win moves Dallas to within two points of Calgary for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Tyler Seguin moved into a tie for the league-lead with his 28th of the season while Vernon Fiddler and Erik Cole had the other goals for Dallas.
Shawn Horcoff added an empty netter.
Stars’ captain Jamie Benn had three assists. John Klingberg and Alex Goligoski each had two assists in the win.
Brandon Saad scored twice for the Blackhawks, including a spin-o-rama move to tie the game 3-3 in the second.
Patrick Kane had the other Blackhawks goal.
Corey Crawford made 28 saves in the loss.
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