Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars
announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Sheldon Souray
on a one-year contract worth $1.6 million.
Souray, 34, a veteran of 650 NHL games over 11 NHL seasons, has posted 262 career NHL points (96g, 166a) and 1,020 penalty minutes. He spent last season with the Hershey Bears
of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring four goals and 15 assists for 19 points with 85 penalty minutes. Souray also played in six playoff games with Hershey, collecting two points (1g, 1a) and 16 penalty minutes.
“Sheldon Souray is a veteran defenseman that we are pleased to add to our hockey club," Nieuwendyk said. “We’re looking forward to his contributions next season.”
The Elk Point, Alberta, native skated in 37 games for the Edmonton Oilers
in 2009-10 after his season was cut short by two injuries (head and hand), recording 13 points (4g, 9a) and 65 penalty minutes. In 2008-09, Souray ranked second among NHL defensemen in power play goals with 12, tied-for-second in overall goals with 23 and tied-for-eighth in overall points with 53 points (30 assists). He also led the Oilers in shots (268) and power play goals and tied-for-first on the club in goals and game-winning goals (5).
The 6-4, 233-pound defenseman has scored 18 career game-winning goals, 47 power play goals and has four shorthanded tallies. He has netted 12-or-more goals in four NHL seasons and 35-or-more points in four of his 11 NHL seasons. Souray has played in 34 career playoff games, recording 10 points (3g, 7a) and 68 penalty minutes. He was drafted by New Jersey in the third round (71st overall) at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.