Stars sign veteran forwards Halpern, Barnaby

Updated: July 5, 2006, 12:51 PM ET
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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars added some veteran leadership on Wednesday, signing center Jeff Halpern to a four-year contract and right wing Matthew Barnaby to a one-year deal.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM G A PTS +/- PIM
70 11 33 44 -8 79

Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN of Canada is reporting Barnaby will receive $625,000 next season.

Halpern, 30, had 11 goals and a career-high 33 assists in 70 games for the Washington Capitals last season, when he served as their captain. Over his six-year career with Washington, the 6-foot, 198-pound Halpern had 87 goals and 127 assists in 438 contests.

"Jeff is a versatile center who adds solid leadership and experience to our roster," Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He served as Washington's captain last season, so we like what he brings to our hockey club, both on and off the ice. We look forward to having him in Dallas for the next four seasons."

The gritty Barnaby, 33, had eight goals and 28 assists while playing in all 82 games for the Chicago Blackhawks last season. He also led the team with 178 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 191-pounder has 112 goals, 181 assists and 2,435 penalty minutes in 795 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche and Chicago.

"Matthew has 13 NHL seasons under his belt and brings almost 800 NHL games of experience to our hockey club," Armstrong said. "We look forward to adding his hard, aggressive style of play to our team next season."