DALLAS (AP) -The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Nicklas Grossman to a two-year contract and recalled goalie Tobias Stephan from the minor leagues Monday.
Grossman, whose entry level contract was set to expire this season, will make $900,000 next season and $1.05 million in 2009-10. He recorded his first career NHL point in December against Columbus and finished with seven assists in 62 games. The 23-year-old is fourth on the team with a plus-10 rating.
The Stars open a first-round playoff series at Anaheim on Thursday.
Stephan was brought up from Iowa of the American Hockey League. To make room for him, the Stars sent right wing Konstantin Pushkarev back to Iowa.
Stephan stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss in his NHL debut Oct. 13 at Chicago. In 60 games with Iowa, the 24-year-old Swiss native went 27-25-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and six shutouts.
The 23-year-old Pushkarev came to Dallas in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. In 45 games in Iowa, the 6-foot, 190-pound Kazakh scored 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points with 43 penalty minutes.
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