Defense further bolstered with signing

Updated: March 9, 2004, 10:56 PM ET
Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars signed free-agent defenseman Lubomir Sekeras of the Swedish league on Tuesday for the rest of the season.

"This signing gives us eight capable defensemen as we head into the playoffs," general manager Doug Armstrong said.

The former Minnesota Wild player will join Dallas after completing his immigration paperwork, the team said.

The move came a day after the Stars acquired defenseman Chris Therien from the Philadelphia Flyers for two draft picks. Also Monday, Dallas added veteran offensive wing Valeri Bure from the Florida Panthers for a draft pick and a prospect.

Sekeras, 35, had four goals and 13 assists in 33 games with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League. He played the previous three seasons with Minnesota, scoring the winning goal last year in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against Vancouver.


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