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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 49 32 11 6 149 115 70
2 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
3 STL 49 32 13 4 160 120 68
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 48 27 18 3 131 124 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
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11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 49 23 20 6 135 140 52
13 ARI 50 18 26 6 116 170 42
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 49 28 28 1 56
J. Benn 49 16 29 -2 45
J. Spezza 49 9 27 -6 36
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J. Klingberg 35 9 15 9 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 49 1 22 9 23
A. Roussel 49 11 11 -2 22
C. Eakin 46 9 13 7 22
A. Hemsky 46 8 12 -7 20
 
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K. Lehtonen 21 11 7 .905 2.96
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