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Tuesday, 02.17.2004 / 12:00 AM / News
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Stars ready to sign Corson



February 17, 2004

By J. Douglas Foster

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Stars addressed what they felt was a need on their team Tuesday. And they didn't have to give up one darn thing to do so.

Hoping to add a bit more grit while also acquiring another true left wing, Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed the Stars would sign veteran free agent Shayne Corson to a contract pending he clears a physical in Dallas this week, and upon doing so Corson will play the remainder of the season with the Stars. The 37-year-old had not played in the NHL this season after retiring from the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, which means he'll need more than a week of practice and conditioning before he makes it into the lineup, Stars head coach Dave Tippett said.

"He's a big power forward that was out there, so we had the ability to add a player without trading anyone or any draft picks," Tippett said. "Now we'll get him up and going and see where he's at (before setting a date for his Stars debut)."

Corson, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound left wing, was originally drafted by Montreal and played more than nine seasons there. In his 17 NHL seasons, he has played in 1,139 games, registering 683 points (268 goals, 415 assists). He has also played in 135 career playoff games, scoring 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists).

"We add some grit and toughness and experience," Stars captain Mike Modano said. "That's not a bad thing at all at this time of the year."

Modano also pointed out that having Corson -- a true left wing -- would add some balance to a Dallas lineup that really only has two true left wings (Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott). Several others who play that position for Dallas are natural centers or right wings.

"When you have a lot of guys on their off wing, it's tough to create plays that way," Modano said. "It just opens up the game more when everyone is on their right side."

Corson also has personal knowledge of a few Stars players, most notably Jason Arnott and David Oliver, who played on the same line with Corson in Edmonton back in 1994-95.

Each said the addition of Corson would improve the Stars.

"He has experience and grit," Arnott said. "He comes to compete every night, he plays hard every night. The grit is going to be the real helper."

Oliver agreed.

"He's got size, he's a big guy and he's always skated well," Oliver said. "He's just a gritty, hard-nosed winger, and throughout his career he seems to have had a pretty good knack for finding the front of the net."

The Stars close their three-game road trip Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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