The Dallas Stars announced today that they had signed 30 year old veteran forward Jason Williams to a two-way, $500,000 contract for the remainder of the season.
Williams, who won a Stanley Cup in 2002 during his first stint with the Detroit Red Wings, began the year with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League. He appeared in 17 games scoring four goals and five assists for the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.
Last season, Williams skated for the Red Wings in 44 games, scoring six goals and nine assists. He's also played for Chicago, Columbus, and Atlanta over his career. Once he makes his Dallas Stars debut, Williams will begin his 11th season of NHL play.
Obviously his signing was brought about due to the rash of injuries the Stars have suffered over the past month. It's a low risk, high reward move that, unfortunately, Joe Nieuwendyk has been forced to make due to the well chronicled financial issues that have constrained the Stars over the last year and a half.
Not a flashy signing by any means. But it does mean another warm body. And one that has displayed a bit of a scoring touch over his career having amassed 91 goals in 420 career games.
In other moves, the Stars sent Francis Wathier back to the Texas Stars of the AHL and put Krys Barch on IR. Barch had surgery on his fractured orbital bone on Monday.