"In Stu's short time with our organization he has shown leadership and commitment," said Armstrong. "We feel that Stu possess all the positive attributes we are looking for in a player."
Barnes, 33, appeared in 77 games with the Stars last season, registering 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points with 18 penalty minutes. Among team leaders, Barnes ranked tied for third with four game-winning goals. Last season, he posted his 500th career NHL point with an assist on Jan. 17 at Calgary. Since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on March 10, 2003, he has posted 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points in 90 games with Dallas. The Spruce Grove, Alberta, native has also played in 17 playoff games with the Stars, collecting two goals and three assists for five points.
A veteran of 13 NHL seasons with Winnipeg (1991-94), Florida (1994-97), Pittsburgh (1997-99), Buffalo (1999-03), and Dallas (2003-04), Barnes has scored 221 goals and 292 assists for 513 points in 897 games. He recorded his best offensive season with Pittsburgh in 1997-98, tallying 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 points in 78 contests.
The 5-11, 180-pound center has played in 90 career playoff games, posting 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points, including nine game-winning goals. Barnes has played in two Stanley Cup Finals over his career with Florida in 1996 and with Buffalo in 1999. He was named as the Sabres' 11th captain in team history on Oct. 4, 2001.