Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill added the final cog to the 2014-15 roster Thursday when unrestricted free agent Brenden Dillon signed a one-year deal.
Terms were not disclosed by the organization.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defenseman scored 17 points last season, including six goals.
“He’s a big part of our team,” Nill said. “He’s one of our core group of young defensemen that are developing. He’s played well for us the last year and a half and working for even more growth in his game moving forward.”
Nill said it was key to sign Dillon, 23, before the season began to give the him a week to get up to game speed, before the Stars’ season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at American Airlines Center.
Earlier this week, Nill signed unrestricted free agent Cody Eakin to a two-year contract. Eakin will center the Stars’ third line that includes Antoine Roussel and Ryan Garbutt.
Eakin could also see plenty of time on the Stars’ second-line power play.
“Everyone talks about the Jamie Benns and [Tyler] Seguins that have the high skill, but in the end, it’s these guys that are on the third and fourth line that provide the energy,” Nill said. “They’re a core part of our team and Cody’s a core part of that.”
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• Blue Jackets: Columbus designated three players for assignment to the club’s AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass. The moves bring the club’s roster to 29 players. Forward Simon Hjarlmarsson and goaltender Oscar Dansk have been assigned to the Falcons, while forward Dana Tyrell has been placed on waivers and will be assigned to Springfield if he clears by noon today.