Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Oduya, 33, posted 10 points (2-8=10) in 76 regular-season games played for Chicago in 2014-15. He finished the season third on the team with 123 blocked shots and his 20:17 of average time on ice per game was fourth. In 23 postseason contests, he registered five assists (0-5=5) and 63 blocked shots, which were second on Chicago. Averaging 24:45 of time on ice per game, he helped the Blackhawks to the 2015 Stanley Cup championship.
The nine-year NHL veteran has appeared in 664 career regular-season games, posting 152 career points (31-121=152) for New Jersey, Atlanta/Winnipeg and Chicago. He has appeared in the postseason seven times, winning two Stanley Cups (2013, 2015) and registering 25 points (5-20=25) in 89 career playoff games.
"Johnny is a steady, veteran presence on the blueline and he'll complement our group nicely," Nill said. "He has achieved a great deal of success, winning the Stanley Cup twice, and his championship-mentality will be valuable in our room."
Oduya has represented Sweden three times in international competition, twice at the Olympics (2010, 2014) and once at the IIHF World Championships (2009).
The 6-foot-0, 188-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was originally selected by Washington in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft.