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Stars ready to sign Corson

Monday, 02.16.2004 / 11:00 PM CT / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
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11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
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J. Spezza 6 4 5 1 9
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A. Goligoski 6 2 1 -4 3
J. Klingberg 6 1 2 -3 3
A. Hemsky 6 1 2 1 3
J. Demers 6 0 3 5 3
M. Janmark 5 0 3 1 3
 
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A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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