General manager Jim Nill announced Wednesday that the Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Patrik Nemeth to a two-year contract extension, according to the team’s website.
The 23-year-old defenseman had three assists in 22 games with the Stars last season. He missed 52 games with an arm laceration sustained in a game against Philadelphia on Oct. 18. The Stars were 14-6-2 in games in which he played.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Patrik gives us a physical and smart player that makes good reads and has a strong net front presence,” Nill told the website. “After suffering such a serious injury, his drive and determination to return to action before the season ended was quite remarkable and he made a solid impact upon returning. We know he’ll be ready from day one of training camp to come in and strengthen our back end.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder from Stockholm, Sweden, was drafted in the second round (41st overall) by the Stars in 2010.
The Stars also signed goaltender Jack Campbell to a one-year extension. Campbell, 23, posted a 14-14-5 record with a 3.03 goals-against average in 35 regular-season games for the Texas Stars, the team’s AHL affiliate.
A parade is scheduled for today through downtown Chicago for the Blackhawks, who clinched their third Stanley Cup in six seasons with their win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 at the United Center on Monday night. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama called coach Joel Quenneville, captain Jonathan Toews and chairman Rocky Wirtz to congratulate the Blackhawks and said he looks forward to hosting the team again at the White House.
▪ Capitals: Defenseman Nate Schmidt has signed a $1.6 million, two-year contract to stay with Washington. Schmidt, who was a pending restricted free agent, will make $750,000 next season and $875,000 in 2016-17.
▪ Devils: New Jersey named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches for John Hynes.