Dallas Stars sign older Benn to three-year deal

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The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract, preventing the older brother of Stars winger Jamie Benn from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Benn, 25, had one goal and five assists in 26 games for Dallas this season. He also played 43 games for the Texas Stars, Dallas’ AHL affiliate.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas on July 1, 2011.

Stoll hospitalized after seizure

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a seizure.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Stoll fell ill at his Hermosa Beach, Calif., home.

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Times that he visited Stoll in the hospital and the “bottom line is that he’s fine. Now the issue is what caused it.”

Stoll, 31, missed all but the first game of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against San Jose after suffering a concussion following a hit by Raffi Torres. Stoll returned in time for the Western Conference Finals against the ChicagoBlackhawks.

Stoll also suffered a concussion during the 2006-07 season while playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

Ovechkin makes two A-S teams

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin is an NHL first-team All-Star for the sixth time, but his first as a right wing, in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Despite playing only four of 48 games this season at left wing, Ovechkin earned enough votes at the position to qualify for second-team honors as well.

Ovechkin, who won his third Hart Trophy as MVP this season, was a five-time choice at left wing. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, a second-time selection to the first team, is the only other player in this year’s class to have made it before. The first-timers include Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz, defensemen P.K. Subban of Montreal and Ryan Suter of Minnesota, and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the Vezina Trophy winner.

Joining Ovechkin on the second team were right wing Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, defensemen Kris Letang of Pittsburgh and Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks, and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, last year’s Vezina winner.

Veterans shuffled

Defenseman Tom Gilbert is on his way out in Minnesota, Nick Leddy is back with Chicago, and the Islanders have parted ways with goalie Rick DiPietro’s long contract.

NHL teams scrambled to subtract and add before the free-agent signing period opens Friday.

Gilbert was one of five players waived for the purpose of contract buyouts. The others were Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard, Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, Nashville forward Sergei Kostitsyn, and Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe.

Briefs

•  Bruins: General manager Peter Chiarelli is confident he will reach a deal to re-sign goalie Tuukka Rask. Chiarelli said he would consider re-signing veteran forward Jaromir Jagr now that the team expects to lose Nathan Horton in free agency.

•  Coyotes: After Tuesday night’s Glendale, Ariz., City Council vote (4-3) in favor of an arena lease agreement with Renaiassance Sports and Entertainment, the Phoenix Coyotes will finally be on even financial footing with the rest of the league. Renaissance Sports and Entertainment reached an agreement to buy the team in May, a deal contingent upon reaching a lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena.

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