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Stars reward Boucher with three-year extension

DALLAS -- Philippe Boucher's stellar play has earned him
a new contract.

The Dallas Stars on Friday signed the defenseman to a new
three-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season.

Boucher has set career highs in goals (12) and points (31) while
recording a plus-22 rating in 44 games this season. The
32-year-old Boucher's current deal was to expire on June 30.

"We are pleased to sign Philippe Boucher to a new contract that
will keep him with the Dallas Stars for the next three seasons,"
Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said. "Philippe has been
a consistent performer for our hockey club and we are looking
forward to his next three years with our organization."

The native of Quebec has 66 goals and 148 assists in 571 career
games with Buffalo, Los Angeles and Dallas.

"I am very happy to get this new contract finalized with the
Stars," said Boucher, who signed with the team as a free agent
in July 2002. "My family and I love the city of Dallas and we
are excited to know we will be here for three more years. I
have been through a lot during my career, but everything has
seem to come together during my time in Dallas and I thank the
Dallas Stars organization for their support."