DALLAS STARS SIGN CONNER, STEPHAN TO ONE-YEAR DEALS
Clubs Also Signs Korostin to a Three-Year Entry-Level Contract
FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed left wing Chris Conner and goaltender Tobias Stephan to one-year, two-way contracts for the 2008-09 season. The club has also signed right wing Sergei Korostin to a three-year entry-level contract. Conner and Stephan are currently with the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), while Korostin is skating for the Texas Tornado in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
Conner, 24, has appeared in 22 games with Dallas this season, registering three goals and two assists for five points with six penalty minutes. In total, he has skated in 33 career NHL games, posting four goals and four assists for eight points over the past two seasons. Conner netted his first career NHL goal on Dec. 27, 2006 at Colorado.
A native of Westland, Mich., Conner has played in 41 games with Iowa this season, recording 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points. Conner is currently tied for second on the Iowa club in assists and fifth in points. The 5-8, 180-pound left wing attended Michigan Tech University from 2002 to 2006, and ended his Huskies career as the school’s all-time leader in shorthanded goals (15) and ranked 19th among goal-scorers (69).
Stephan, 24, made his NHL debut on Oct. 13 at Chicago and stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced in a 2-1 overtime loss. In 53 games with the Iowa Stars this season, Stephan has posted a 23-22-2 record with a 2.64 goals-against-average, a .907 save percentage and six shutouts.
The 6-2, 180-pound goaltender appeared in his first North American professional season in 2006-07 with Iowa and posted a 10-15-0 record, a 2.88 goals-against-average and a shutout in 27 games played. He also played in two of Iowa’s Calder Cup Playoff games last season, recording a 3.46 goals-against-average.
The native of Zurich, Switzerland, was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (No. 34 overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft. He played for the Kloten Flyers in the Swiss National League from 2002-06 and represented Switzerland at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2001 and 2002 World Under-18 Championships.
Korostin, 18, was selected by the Stars in the third round (No. 64 overall) of the 2007 Entry Draft, and in 17 games with the Texas Tornado this season, has recorded 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) and a +5 rating.
The native of Prokopievsk, Russia, played for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Super League in 2006-07, and scored five goals as Team Russia won the gold medal at the 2007 World Under-18 Championships.