Johnny Oduya signs 2-year, $7.5 million contract with Dallas Stars

Johnny Oduya signed with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. (USATSI)
Johnny Oduya signed with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. (USATSI)
For the second time in less than a week the Dallas Stars have acquired a member of the Chicago Blackhawks' most recent Stanley Cup winning team.

After trading for forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Stephen Johns on Friday, the Stars announced on Wednesday morning that they have signed veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year contract.

The team did not release financial terms of the deal, but it is reportedly worth $7.5 million. That comes out to a salary cap hit of $3.75 million per season. 

Oduya spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cups as one of the more reliable defensemen on the roster. He helped form a shutdown pairing alongside Niklas Hjalmarsson this past season as the team pretty much rolled through the postseason with only four defensemen getting regular playing time.

In 76 regular season games he scored two goals and recorded eight assists. The 33-year-old defenseman has appeared in 664 games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Blackhawks. 

He now joins a Dallas team that is loaded with offensive talent after its latest summer blockbuster trade, spent a ton of money to upgrade a goaltending situation that was their biggest issue a season ago, and has an impressive collection of young defensemen to go around veterans Oduya, Alex Goligoski and Jason Demers.

The Stars had an opening on defense after trading veteran Trevor Daley, along with agitating forward Ryan Garbutt, to Chicago as part of the Sharp trade, and Oduya should slide right into that spot. He will not replace the offense Daley provided for the Stars this past season, but he should prove to be a significant defensive upgrade. 

CBS Sports Writer

Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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