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Stars ink Petersen for two years

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Iowa Stars’ 2007-08 MVP Played 16 Stanley Cup Playoff Games with Dallas

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed center Toby Petersen to a two-year, one-way contract worth $1.1 million ($550,000 per season) that will run through the completion of the 2009-10 campaign.
“We are very pleased to have Toby under contract the next two seasons,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Toby is a consummate professional on and off the ice, and he played a key role for us during our playoff run this spring. We look forward to his continued contributions to our club.”
Petersen, 29, skated in eight games with Dallas last season and posted three assists and four penalty minutes. He appeared in 16 of Dallas’ 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games this fall, going scoreless with two penalty minutes.
The 5-10, 197-pound center was honored as MVP of the Iowa Stars in 2007-08, posting 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 63 games. He led the club in assists and points, and he ranked second in goals and tied for third in power play goals (6). He represented Iowa at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game, collecting three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and won the Fastest Skater contest at the AHL All-Star skills competition. He also won Iowa’s MVP award during the 2005-06 season.

The native of Minneapolis has appeared in 163 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Dallas, notching 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points. Petersen was a member of the 2005-06 Edmonton club that won the Western Conference, but lost to Carolina in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the ninth round (No. 244 overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft, Petersen scored 128 points (59 goals, 69 assists) in 138 games at Colorado College from 1996-2000. He also represented Team USA at the 2007 World Championships, scoring three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games.

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