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Dallas Stars Acquire Defenseman Alex Goligoski From Pittsburgh

Two-Way Defenseman Joins Stars in Exchange for James Neal and Matt Niskanen

Monday, 02.21.2011 / 4:15 PM / News
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Dallas Stars Acquire Defenseman Alex Goligoski From Pittsburgh

Frisco, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the NHL club has acquired defenseman Alex Goligoski from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Alex Goligoski Highlights

Goligoski, 25, has appeared in 60 games for Pittsburgh this season, scoring nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points. Averaging 20:45 minutes of playing time per game, he shares the Pittsburgh lead for plus/minus rating (also Sidney Crosby) with a +20, and has a +34 rating for his career. Goligoski leads the Penguins in game-winning goals this season with four. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he was Pittsburgh’s second round selection (61st overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

“We’re very excited to add Alex Goligoski to our hockey club,” said Nieuwendyk. “Alex is a legitimate top-four defenseman who will have a positive impact on our entire crops of blue-liners. He has averaged over 20 minutes per game and can play in all situations.”

A member of Pittsburgh’s 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team, Goligoski tied a career-high earlier this season with a seven-game point streak (3g, 4a) from Oct. 7-18. He played three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2004-07), scoring 25 goals and 73 assists for 98 points in 117 games. The 5-11, 180-pound defenseman was named First-Team All-American, First-Team All-WCHA, and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2006-07.

Neal, 23, was Dallas’ second round selection (33rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 59 games for the Stars this season, scoring 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points.

Niskanen, 24, has appeared in 45 games for Dallas this season, recording six assists with 30 penalty minutes. He was Dallas’ first round pick (28th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The Stars will host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday at American Airlines Center (7:30 pm CST, TV: VERSUS, Radio: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket).

Alex Goligoski Statistics:

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks-High-MN 28 14 20 34 22
2003-2004 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks-High-MN 26 25 31 56 16
2003-2004 Sioux Falls Stampede-USHL 10 0 2 2 -5 6 0 0 0
2004-2005 University Of Minnesota-WCHA 33 5 15 20 44
2004-2005 United States-WJC-A 7 0 1 1 2
2005-2006 University Of Minnesota-WCHA 41 11 28 39 63
2006-2007 University Of Minnesota-WCHA 44 9 30 39 51
2007-2008 Penguins 3 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 0.0
2007-2008 Wilkes-Barre Penguins-AHL 70 10 28 38 15 53 7 0
2008-2009 Penguins 45 6 14 20 5 16 4 0 0 61 9.8
2008-2009 Wilkes-Barre Penguins-AHL 26 2 16 18 -1 16 1 0 0
2009-2010 Penguins 69 8 29 37 7 22 2 0 0 98 8.2
2010-2011 Penguins 60 9 22 31 20 28 4 0 4 101 8.9
NHL Totals 177 23 67 90 34 68 10 0 4 262 8.8
Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2005-2006 University Of Minnesota-WCHA
2006-2007 University Of Minnesota-WCHA
2007-2008 Wilkes-Barre Penguins-AHL 23 4 24 28 5 18 1 0
2008-2009 Penguins 2 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
2008-2009 Wilkes-Barre Penguins-AHL 9 1 5 6 -2 10 0 0 0
2009-2010 Penguins 13 2 7 9 4 2 1 0 0 28 7.1
NHL Totals 15 2 8 10 3 2 1 0 0 29 6.9



 


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J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
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A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
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