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Stars sign defenseman Andrej Sekera to 1-year contract

The 33-year-old appeared in 24 regular season games with Edmonton last season, recording four assists

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrej Sekera to a one-year, $1.5-million contract, plus an additional $500,000 in performance-based incentives.

Sekera, 33, appeared in 24 regular-season games played for Edmonton in 2018-19 recording four assists (0-4=4). His +3 plus/minus rating was tied for third on the Oilers for the season. He spent the last four seasons in Edmonton registering 77 points (14-63=77) in 221 regular-season games.

Having been in the League for parts of 13 seasons, he has appeared in 707 career regular-season games for Buffalo, Carolina, Los Angeles and Edmonton while recording 236 career points (45-191=236). Additionally, he has qualified for the playoffs in three different seasons, playing in 19 games and accumulating four points (2-2=4).

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"Andrej is a solid, puck-moving defenseman who will solidify our group of defenseman," said Nill. "With this addition, we enter the season comfortable with our depth at the position, as well as the ability to match up against any type of opponent."

Internationally, the blueliner has represented Slovakia at several international tournaments including two Winter Olympic Games (2010, 2014), eight World Championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019) and one World Jr. Championship (2005). Sekera has captained three out of the last four World Championship teams for Slovakia (2016, 2018, 2019) and he helped the country to a silver medal in 2012. He also played for Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Bojnice, Slovakia was originally selected by Buffalo in the third round (71st overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

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