Stars add two more, including former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff

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The Dallas Stars acquired veteran center Shawn Horcoff from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, sending defenseman Philip Larsen and a seventh round pick in the 2016 draft to Edmonton.

The deal comes a day after the Stars acquired Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley from the Boston Bruins.

The Stars also signed free-agent goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year deal to back up Kari Lehtonen on Friday, the first day of free agency.

Horcoff, 34, was the Oilers captain since 2010. He scored 12 points, including 7 goals, in 31 games last season. He was also key on the penalty kill, averaging 2:29 minutes of short-handed ice time per game.

“Shawn Horcoff is going to bring us a great veteran presence,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “When I came on that’s one thing I mentioned is we needed to add some veteran presence to this dressing room and on the ice.”

Horcoff’s numbers have declined since 2006, when he posted 73 points.

“Numbers wise, I don’t think we’re putting him up there where we would want numbers to go off the charts with him,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “What were looking for here is leadership. We’re looking for a guy that can play in a lot of situations and a guy that can help these young players grow.”

Ellis, formally of the Carolina Hurricanes, was 6-8-2 last season with a 3.13 goals against average.

The 33-year-old will fill the vacant backup role after the Stars declined to offer Richard Bachman a qualifying offer.

After the announcement of the Horcoff trade, it seems the winds of change around the organization have died down for the time being, Nill said.

“I think we’re pretty well set with our roster,” he said.

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