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Godard signs two-year contract with Stars

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 5:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

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Godard signs two-year contract with Stars
Right wing Eric Godard signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Right wing Eric Godard signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL, while the second year is a one-way agreement worth $700,000.

Godard, 31, spent the 2010-11 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, appearing in 19 games with 3 assists, a plus-4 rating, and 105 penalty minutes.

The 6-4, 214-pound right winger has played in 335 career NHL games, registering 3 goals and 18 points. In eight NHL seasons, Godard has accrued 833 penalty minutes and has appeared in seven career playoff games, registering 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes.

The Vernon, B.C., native was originally signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers on Sept. 24, 1999. Godard has also played for the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames before joining Pittsburgh on July 1, 2008.
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