Godard headed to Big D

The Dallas Stars have secured the services of Vernon’s Eric Godard for the next two seasons.

After playing the last three years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 6-foot-4, 214-pound heavyweight enforcer agreed to a two-year contract with Dallas.

The first year of the deal is a two-way deal worth $750,000/$105,000 while the second year is a one-way agreement worth $700,000.

Godard, 31, appeared in 19 games with the Pens last season, earning three assists, a plus-4 rating and 105 penalty minutes. According to, he scrapped seven times in 2010-11.

Godard, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, has played in 335 career NHL games, scoring three goals and 12 assists for 18 points. In eight NHL seasons, he has accrued 833 penalty minutes and has appeared in seven career playoff games, registering one assist and six penalty minutes.

Originally signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers in 1999, he has also played for the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames before joining Pittsburgh as a free agent in 2008.

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