Wednesday July 15th, 2015

The Dallas Stars announced they have signed free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year contract.

Dallas made the news official on Wednesday morning. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported the deal is worth $3.75 million annually, amounting to $7.5 million over two years.

The 33-year-old Oduya had been a member of the Blackhawks since 2012 and was part of two Stanley Cup-winning teams in Chicago, in 2013 and 2015. He recorded 10 points in 76 regular season games in 2014–15 and was third on the team with 123 blocked shots.

In nine NHL seasons, Oduya has posted 31 goals and 121 assists in 664 games. He has also represented Sweden in two Olympics.

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“Johnny is a steady, veteran presence on the blueline and he'll complement our group nicely,” said Stars GM Jim Nill 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.”

Last week, the Stars traded defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt to the Blackhawks for forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Stephen Johns. After the trade, reports emerged that Oduya would not be re-signing with Chicago.

Jeremy Woo

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