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Stars sign D Grossman to 2-year deal, recall G Stephan from Iowa

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DALLAS - The Dallas Stars signed defenceman Nicklas Grossman to a two-year contract and recalled goalie Tobias Stephan from the minors on Monday.

Grossman, whose entry level contract was set to expire this season, will make US$900,000 next season and $1.05 million in 2009-10. He recorded his first career NHL point in December against Columbus and finished with seven assists in 62 games. The 23-year-old is fourth on the team with a plus-10 rating.

The Stars open their first-round playoff series at Anaheim on Thursday.

Stephan was brought up from Iowa of the American Hockey League. To make room for him, the Stars sent right-winger Konstantin Pushkarev back to Iowa.

Stephan stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss in his NHL debut Oct. 13 at Chicago. In 60 games with Iowa, the 24-year-old Swiss native went 27-25-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and six shutouts.

The 23-year-old Pushkarev came to Dallas in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. In 45 games in Iowa, the six-foot, 190-pound Kazakh scored 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points with 43 penalty minutes.

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