Sharks ink defenseman Traverse for one year

Updated: July 10, 2006, 3:51 PM ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks on Monday signed veteran defenseman Patrick Traverse to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Traverse spent the majority of last season with the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League, recording three goals and 21 assists in 40 games. He appeared in just one game with the Dallas Stars.

A third-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 1992, Traverse has 14 goals and 51 assists in 279 career NHL games with Ottawa, Anaheim, Boston, Montreal and Dallas.

The Sharks on Monday also signed right wing Matthieu Darche.

Terms were not disclosed.

Darche spent last season with Duisburg of the German Elite League, totaling 12 goals and 13 assists in 52 games.

Darche has just two points and 26 penalty minutes in 26 career NHL games with Columbus and Nashville.