Dallas Stars: Eric Godard

Texas Stars Report: Roster decisions

March, 6, 2012
Texas announces Clear Day Roster

The Texas Stars announced their Clear Day Roster Tuesday. The 22 players on the roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless an emergency arises due to recall, injury or suspension. Teams can also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Forward Ryan Garbutt is not on Texas’ Clear Day Roster, an indication that he is staying in Dallas for the remainder of the season. Tomas Vincour is on the Texas roster, which means he is eligible to be assigned back to the AHL.

Here is the Texas Clear Day Roster:

Goaltenders: Tyler Beskorowany, Andrew Raycroft

Defensemen: Jordie Benn, Jace Coyle, Brenden Dillon, Maxime Fortunus, Brad Lukowich, Drew Schiestel, Dan Spang

Forwards: Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Matt Fraser, Luke Gazdic, Scott Glennie, Eric Godard, Mike Hedden, Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour, Mathieu Tousignant, Tomas Vincour (recalled), Francis Wathier, Shawn Weller

Texas also has four players in residence: Scott Campbell, Matt Case, Jake Hauswirth, Hubert Labrie . Those players can only be used during the remainder of the regular season or the playoffs if a combination of three members of the 22-man roster are injured, recalled or suspended.

Sawada sent to St. John’s

The Dallas Stars assigned right wing Ray Sawada to St. Johns of the AHL on Friday. Sawada, Dallas’s 2nd round pick (52nd overall) in 2004, played only 26 games with Texas this season due to injuries.

The past week

Texas went 1-1-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 25-28-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 11 points out of a playoff spot.

Texas’ road losing streak hit eight games with a 2-1 loss at Abbotsford Friday night. Angelo Esposito scored the lone goal for Texas and Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 of 29 shots.

On Sunday, Texas snapped the road losing streak with a 4-1 victory at Abbotsford. Luke Gazdic scored two goals and Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour also scored. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 30 shots to get the win in goal.

Texas now returns home for a seven-game homestand.

The week ahead

March 7, vs. Grand Rapids
March 9, vs. San Antonio
March 10, vs. San Antonio


3/6: D Cameron Brodie released from PTO.

3/6: Buffalo assigned D Drew Schiestel from Rochester (AHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/6: F Nick Layton assigned to Allen (CHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Dallas assigned RW Ray Sawada to St. John’s (AHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Winnipeg assigned LW Michael Forney from Colorado (ECHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/2: Texas acquired LW Shawn Well from St. John’s (AHL) for future considerations.

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-0-0 over the past week and their winless streak hit 10 games (0-8-0-2). The Steelheads are 23-29-2-5 on the season and rank 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.

Seven Stars clear waivers

September, 26, 2011
FRISCO -- Seven Dallas Stars placed on waivers Saturday have all cleared. The seven players are Maxime Fortunus, Eric Godard, Brad Lukowich, Travis Morin, Raymond Sawada, Dan Spang and Francis Wathier.

Some of those players could be assigned to the Texas Stars in the next day or two.

Stars place seven players on waivers

September, 24, 2011
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars placed seven players on waivers Saturday. Some of those players soon could be headed to the Texas Stars, who open training camp early next week.

The players are : Maxime Fortunus, Eric Godard, Brad Lukowich, Travis Morin, Raymond Sawada, Dan Spang and Francis Wathier.

The most notable name on the list is Godard. It’s an indication that he could be starting the season in the AHL, although that is not written in stone. A lot could change between now and when the Stars' opening night roster is finalized.

The belief is that putting Godard on waivers Saturday, the first day of waivers, reduces the risk that he will be taken because teams are still at a point where they have several players on their roster. Another deterrent to a team taking Godard is he has a two-year contract and the second year is a one-way deal that will pay him $700,000 whether he is in the NHL or AHL.

The deadline for a team to put in a claim on any of the players is Monday at 11 a.m. Central Time.
FRISCO -- After a long offseason it is back to work for the Dallas Stars, who will kick off training camp Friday when players report to Frisco for physicals before heading off to Prince Edward Island.

There have been a lot of changes since the Stars were last on the ice. There’s a new head coach and seven new players on the roster. With change comes a sense of anticipation and excitement.

“I think all the things we’ve done this summer, especially after free agency, you really got the sense that, wow, guys are really excited about the new guys that we got coming in,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “I think there is a lot of anticipation. I sense it with our players, the guys that have been here.”

Glen Gulutzan, who coached the Texas Stars the past two seasons, will take over behind the Dallas bench. His assistant in Texas, Paul Jerrard, also joins the staff. The Stars have added forwards Michael Ryder, Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell and Eric Godard and defensemen Sheldon Souray and Adam Pardy.

“It’s awesome that there are a lot of new guys in here and coaches,” said defenseman Alex Goligoski, who joined the team at last season’s trade deadline. “I think it’s kind of refreshing in here. I think we were ready for some kind of change. I think with all the new players and the new coaches there’s maybe an energy that wasn’t in here last year when I was here. I think that we’re at a start over point where we are all going to grow together, and this new way we want to play and with the new personnel we have.”

Gulutzan will work to get players on the same page as far as how he wants the team to play. And the new Stars bench boss will also have to figure out how all the new pieces fit together as the team prepares to kick off the regular season against the Chicago Blackhawks October 7 at American Airlines Center.

Players have been skating on their own in Frisco for the past few weeks in preparation for training camp and Goligoski said he can’t wait for the puck to drop on the season.

“Very ready,” Goligoski said. “I’m almost ready for training camp to be over and it hasn’t even started yet. I just want to start playing. “

But first there is training camp, which for the second straight year will open in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The Stars will take 49 players - 27 forwards, 17 defensemen and 5 goaltenders - to Canada for a total of five days. Players will undergo physicals Friday in Frisco and then depart for PEI, arriving Friday evening.

The first on ice practice is Saturday morning at the Cari Complex on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. There will be an intrasquad scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre Sunday evening. The team will practice Monday and Tuesday at the Cari Complex, play a preseason game at Montreal Tuesday night and then head back to Dallas for the rest of camp and the preseason.

The Stars have put together a training camp guide, which includes the camp roster, player groups, the camp schedule and more, and you can find it here.
FRISCO -- Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski knows Eric Godard well from when the two played together in Pittsburgh.

“He is probably the toughest guy I know,” said Goligoski. “He’s a pretty big guy, but he’s definitely not the biggest guy. He’s as tough as they come. He’s just got that characteristic about him. I don’t know what it is. But he’s a great guy … and kind of an eccentric guy too.”

Among those eccentricities - his car.

“I can’t wait to get it here. It’s on the way now. It’s a ’64 Galaxie,” said Godard. “My uncle has a couple and he drag races them. My cousin has two. It’s like my family always ends up with Galaxies. It runs great. It’s mint. The interior is perfect. The only thing that doesn’t work is the radio.”

And then there is his wardrobe.

“He’s got this all red velvet suit that he’ll wear to games from time to time,” said Goligoski.

Godard needed to provide some clarification on this one.

“No, the blue one is velvet,” Godard said. “The red is corduroy.”

The bottom line: Godard is a little different.

“He’s probably got a couple of screws loose,” said Goligoski. “He’s just kind of a funny guy like that.”

But there’s nothing funny about the role Godard will play for the Stars when they are on the ice. Dallas signed him to a two-year contract to add toughness, an elite toughness that the Stars haven't had in recent years. The 6-4, 214 pound right wing is considered one of the best fighters in the NHL.

“I think everybody knows what his role is, but I didn’t go out and sign him just to be a fighter. My goal in free agency was to add quality, first class people to our organization,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “I think Eric Godard fits into that category. Goligoski played with him in Pittsburgh and raved about him. I know a lot of people in the Pittsburgh organizatioin that indicated to us that we’re going to love this guy. There’s no question that he brings that toughness element.”

If you want to put numbers to Godard’s toughness you can turn to a place like hockeyfights.com. The site, which tracks fighting in hockey and who wins the bouts, listed Godard as having an impressive 21-10-5 record in his 36 fights over the last three seasons. The site’s message board, which has a running poll on the league’s top fighters, ranked him as the fifth best in the NHL last season.

Godard knows his role and is more than willing.

“It’s worked for me so far. I’ll keep it up,” he said. “I like to get out there and crash and bang.”

And it’s a role that the Stars say that will fit in well with the team’s overall objective of being tougher to play against this season. Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said a guy like Godard can help some of the Stars more abrasive, in your face players like Steve Ott, Vernon Fiddler, Adam Burish, Jake Dowell and Sheldon Souray.

“It’s a little easier for those guys to play that type of game when you have a guy like Godard around,” Gulutzan said. “We’re asking our defense in (Adam) Pardy, (Mark) Fistric, (Nicklas) Grossman and all of our D to play a hard, more physical game. It’s a lot easier to do that when you have a guy like him around.”

Goligoski added that Godard is a great guy to have around as a teammate as a well.

“I think he just loves the team aspect of everything and the role he gets put into it. With his characteristics it maybe makes him that much better of a teammate,” Goligoski said. “He loves when the team does well whether he’s contributing or if he is up in the press box watching the game. It doesn’t matter. He’s the ultimate team guy, for sure.”

And he’ll arrive for the job in his own style, driving his ’64 Galaxie and possibly wearing that red corduroy suit.

“It will make an appearance,” Godard said. “It’s a warm suit actually. It’s thick. Maybe Christmastime.”

Dallas Stars outlook: Forwards

September, 5, 2011
FRISCO -- Read a lot of the previews of the Dallas Stars heading into this season and the talk is about how much the Dallas Stars lost with the departure of Brad Richards. Talk to new Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan and he likes to focus on what the Stars still have remaining.

“When you’ve got Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow, Jamie Benn and Steve Ott, that’s a pretty good solid five players,” Gulutzan said. "I’m excited. I’m excited.”

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk agreed.

“I think most teams that have looked at us the past few years have said there are some good players in their top grouping,” said Nieuwendyk. “We still have that even though we’ve lost Brad Richards. … If you look at our top six – however you want to slice it – with Ribeiro, Morrow, (Michael) Ryder, Benn, Eriksson and Ott, I think that is pretty healthy. I think if you look around the league I think we stack up pretty well.”

Still, Richards leaves a void. He led the team in points the last two seasons. He was the Stars’ third leading goal scorer over the three full seasons he was in Dallas. So the Stars will need some players to move forward with their play and others to perform to expectations.

“Jamie Benn has to take that next step. Loui Eriksson has to take the next step. Michael Ryder has to come over, perform and do well for us. He’s going to get every opportunity to do that for us," said Nieuwendyk. “I think Steve Ott is an important player for this year. I really believe Steve has to take the next step, and he’s capable of it because he has shown it – to play in a top six setting. That’s the message we’ve given him this year. We fully anticipate that he is prepared to do that.”

With Richards departing via free agency and James Neal, the team’s second leading goal scorer over the last three seasons dealt last season for defenseman Alex Goligoski, Nieuwendyk dipped into the market and bolstered the team’s depth with the addition of five forwards.

He added some scoring pop with the right-handed shooting Ryder, an excellent two-way forward in Vernon Fiddler, speed and penalty killing prowess in Radek Dvorak, grit and versatility with Jake Dowell and toughness with Eric Godard.

“I think where we are really balanced this year is that we have people in their proper roles,” said Nieuwendyk. “We can put (Adam) Burish where he needs to be. We can put Radek Dvorak, who I know quite well from my Florida days, in his role - penalty killer, good speed, hardworking. Probably the biggest key will be Vern Fiddler. Here’s a guy that will be our third line center, kind of solidify that line and give us an identity on the bottom grouping of our lines. Then we have the mixed bag on the fourth line.”

The question is how all the pieces Nieuwendyk has assembled will fall together. Training camp and the preseason will help determine that. A year ago there weren’t a lot of questions about the top six. Neal, Richards and Eriksson were one line and the question was who would play on the right side with Morrow and Ribeiro. This year, with all the turnover, there are a few more questions.

“What we have left is Ribby and Morrow that worked together and you try to find a piece there to fit in,” said Gulutzan. ”Jamie Benn is going to play center and we’ve got to see what works for Benny. Tommy Wandell we feel can have a big year, and we want to give him opportunity.”

Ryder would seem to be a good fit on the right side with Ribeiro and Morrow. Ryder and Ribeiro played together in Montreal. That could leave Ott, Benn and Eriksson as a trio. Gulutzan said he’s thought a lot about line combinations, and while some things might look good on paper he’d rather see how it plays out on the ice.

“I don’t think chemistry is something you can force as a coach. If I knew what was going to work I wouldn’t put lines together, I’d go buy the Texas Lottery,” he said. “So we’re going to see what develops, but also I am a big believer in player input because players know who they like to play with, and sometimes psychologically if they like to play with a guy you can create chemistry.”

And there’s the piecing together of the lower two lines, where the Stars think they’ve made big strides with the offseason acquisitions, especially Fiddler, who was a top priority in free agency. There are a lot of options there with players like Dvorak, Dowell, Burish, Wandell and the versatile Toby Petersen. Godard and Krys Barch who will vie for time on the fourth line, are in the mix as well.

“We’ve talked about it, sometimes you don’t know what three might just end up having great chemistry,” said Gulutzan. “So we are going to try a few different things and see how it works.”

And no matter how Gulutzan ends up putting the lines together, Nieuwendyk thinks the Stars have the pieces in place to help offset the departure of Richards.

“[Brad] was a point producer for us,” Nieuwendyk said, “but I feel very confident that our team is a deeper team now than we were a year ago.”

Pushing for NHL time

While the Stars seem set at forward with 14 players who played in the NHL last season, there’s always a chance someone could push his way onto the roster. Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan knows it can happen.

In his first season as head coach of the Texas Stars Gulutzan expected Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell on his roster in Cedar Park. Didn’t get either one of them because both ended up making the Dallas Stars. So, a lot can happen between when training camp opens and when that opening night roster is finalized.

“We have Tomas Vincour, who is coming in to make this club. Travis Morin is coming in here. Colton Sceviour is turning the corner as a young guy who now has to bring his game to the next level,” Gulutzan said. “We’re going to have room for some of those guys possibly, so they have to come in here and have good camps and see where they end up.”

Vincour played 24 games last season. Morin and Sceviour also were called up, although briefly.

Francis Wathier and Ray Sawada – both AHL veterans at this point –have been called up to Dallas before and could be in the mix for call ups again this season.

Two prospects turning pro this season are worth watching. One is Scott Glennie, the team’s first round pick (eighth overall) in 2009. He played a few games with the Texas Stars late last season and will play his first full AHL season in 2011-12.

“He may get an opportunity depending on how he does down there, but I think it is important for him to establish himself at the American Hockey League level,” said Nieuwendyk.

The other is Matt Fraser, a free agent signing who played with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. He had an impressive season in 2010-11 in helping the ice make it to the Memorial Cup.

“He shows real good promise. Quality kid,” said Nieuwendyk. “It will be interesting to see how he does, but I think he’ll do very well.”

Here's a look at the Dallas Stars forwards for the 2011-12 season.

It was a long offseason for Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. It always is when your team misses the playoffs. And Robidas and the Stars have missed the playoffs three straight years. But the veteran defenseman and some of his teammates are back in town and the anticipation level is high after an offseason of changes that included the signing of several free agents and the hiring of Glen Gulutzan as head coach.

“I’m very excited. Marc Crawford has been very good for me and the team, but I think everybody is excited. We haven’t made the playoffs for three years now. We want to get off to a fresh start,” Robidas said after a recent skate in Frisco. “[The coaching staff] has new ideas and a new philosophy. Not that the other ones weren’t good enough, but it’s a fresh start for everybody.”

While the Stars added seven new players via free agency, which is almost one-third of the roster, Robidas pointed out that many key players from last season remain.

“If you look at the core players, most of the core is still here. That’s a good thing,” said Robidas. “You’ve got a guy like Jamie Benn who has another year under his belt and you’ve got a couple of young defensemen who got another year last year. Everybody is growing as a team. Personally, I am very excited with the changes and I can’t wait to start the season.”

One of those changes comes on defense with the addition of Sheldon Souray, a guy Robidas knows pretty well from his days with the Montreal Canadiens. The two were paired together in Montreal and were a defensive pairing in the 2009 NHL-Star Game in Montreal as well. Robidas said he expects Souray, who spent last season in the AHL, to be highly motivated this season.

“I think it’s a great addition. He’s a good player and he’s a really good guy. He brings a lot to the table,” said Robidas. “Last year was a tough year for him. He wants to prove himself. I’ve talked to him and he’s really excited to come back, having another chance. I think he’ll be a great addition to our team.

“Great shot. He brings some toughness. He’s a big guy, size-wise. He brings something we really didn’t have last year. That’s always a plus when you can add something that’s missing. When you build a puzzle you don’t want all the same piece, you need different pieces and I think he’s another piece of the puzzle.”

The veteran Stars defenseman believes the team added a lot of other pieces during the offseason. Besides Souray the Stars signed forwards Michael Ryder, Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell and Eric Godard and defenseman Adam Pardy. While the Stars lost a top end player in Brad Richards, Robidas said the offseason moves helped make the Stars a deeper, more balanced team.

“If you look at our identity, we want to be a team that is hard to play against. If you look at all the signings we had this summer they all fit the role,” said Robidas. “I think we have a lot more depth. It’s established players in the NHL. They know their role; they’ve been doing it for years.”

Robidas said if you want to see an example of the importance of depth just look at last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Boston Bruins.

“They beat Vancouver, who was supposed to be the best team. But I think [the Bruins] won with their depth,” Robidas said. “Obviously their goalie made a big difference, but if you look down the line they had four lines going. They had really good players, but they didn’t have that superstar. [Zdeno] Chara is a big, strong guy but there is no Sedins or stuff like that. They all played the right way, they played the system. That’s their identity. I think that’s the identity we want to have.

”I don’t want to live in the past, but we want to get back to that whole mentality. I’m not saying that we are going to play defense and sit back. We are going to be aggressive and upbeat. We’re not going to get pushed around. We are going to be able to match up well with the bigger teams. That’s a big plus if you look at our division, especially. You play Anaheim, San Jose, L.A. and Phoenix. They are all big teams. We added some size and some grit. Like I said, I am very excited with the new acquisitions.”

Sunday tidbits

August, 21, 2011
Here are some notes for a Sunday afternoon in August.

*Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan and his staff will get together in Frisco this week to start meeting and planning for training camp, which begins September 16. Gulutzan talked about the plan during an appearance on NHL Home Ice last week.

“We met as a coaching staff in July and then decided we are not going to meet again until the 22nd of August,” Gulutzan said. “We just wanted our guys to get away, spend time with the family and do those things. Certainly on the 22nd we’re going to head full into it. That week in July kind of put us ahead a little bit we thought, or on pace. Now it’s just about putting the things together that we talked about in July.”

*The Vernon Morning Star has an article on Eric Godard, the former Pittsburgh Penguin who signed as a free agent with the Stars this summer. Godard, one of the best fighters in the NHL, talked to the newspaper about moving to the Western Conference this season.

“It seems pretty active. There’s (George) Parros, (Kevin) Westgarth, (Paul) Bissonnette so I should be busy. I haven’t been too busy the past couple of years. Not too many games, so I’m excited to have a chance to get some more games.”

The full article is here.

*There is hope that Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi’s stalking horse bid for the Stars could be finalized in the next couple of weeks, meaning the process would be ready to move into bankruptcy court. The current target to file the case with bankruptcy court is in early September, most likely after Labor Day. That’s just people I talked to are saying is a target, not something set in stone. Also, it appears there is a good chance the case will be filed in Delaware. Once the case is filed we should have a better idea of a timeline for how long the process will take and how it might play out to see if Gaglardi or another possible bidder is the new owner of the Stars.

*Another former Star who hit the free agent market on July 1 has signed a contract, but this time it’s a tryout deal. According to Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets will bring former Texas Stars defenseman Trevor Ludwig into training camp on a tryout contract. Ludwig hasn't played in the NHL, but was called up to Dallas last season and ended up being a healthy scratch for three games.

A couple tidbits for a Tuesday morning as I prepare for a long day of travel back to Texas.

*Dallas Stars prospect Jamie Oleksiak talked to the Saginaw News about his decision to leave Northeastern University and sign with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2011-12 season.

“I thought in terms of my development and where I was going and my game personally, I wanted to get more games and play in the OHL, which is similar to the pro level,” Oleksiak told newspaper. “I thought I could kind of get used to the game there.”

Oleksiak, the Stars' first round pick (14th overall) in this summer's draft, signed with Saginaw yesterday.

The full article on Oleksiak is here.

*The Stars have assigned numbers to their new players and here is the list:

11 – Jake Dowell

18 – Eric Godard

20 – Radek Dvorak

27 – Adam Pardy

38 – Vernon Fiddler

44 – Sheldon Souray

73 – Michael Ryder
The Stars added some punch to their forward group with the signing of Michael Ryder, some punch to the blue line with the big shot of Sheldon Souray and a different kind of punch with the addition of their most recent free agent signing, right wing Eric Godard.

“He is elite level in the toughness department,” said Stars assistant GM Frank Provenzano.

While the Stars have had plenty of players willing to fight over recent years, the 6-4, 214 pound Godard is a heavyweight among those who drop the gloves in the NHL. That’s something the Stars haven’t had. And Godard is an accomplished NHL heavyweight.

According to hockeyfights.com, which tracks fighting in hockey and who wins the bouts, Godard has a 21-10-5 record in his 36 fights over the last three seasons. The site’s message board, which has a running poll ranking the league’s top fighters, placed him as the fifth best in the NHL last season.

Stars defenseman Adam Pardy played with Godard in Calgary and had high praise for the big winger as a teammate and fighter.

“He’s an awesome guy, just a great team player. Always there for his teammates,” said Pardy. “He’s always smiling, joking. He’s very serious about the game, but he keeps it loose. Everyone knows what kind of fighter he is. He’s not really a big guy, but he can tilt with anyone. “

Godard played just 19 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, registering three assists and 105 penalty minutes. He missed time due to a ten-game suspension for leaving the bench to protect Penguins goalie Brent Johnson, who was being challenged to a fight by Islanders forward Michael Haley. He also missed 13 games with a fractured orbital bone suffered in a fight with Ottawa’s Matt Carkner.

Godard’s two-year contract is a two-way deal ($750,000/$105,000) in the first year and one-way ($700,000) in the second year. That’s key for the Stars, who solidified their roster early in free agency and have 13 forward spots filled, 12 by players with one-way contracts and the other by Jamie Benn, who is still on his entry-level deal.

“We wanted some roster flexibility. Because of the position [Godard] plays, he is likely not an everyday player,” said Provenzano. “He gave us the roster flexibility this year by agreeing to the two-way and we agreed to the second year. We’ll have some expiring contracts and we can manage our flexibility a year from now by making those decisions. “

The decisions this year will be where Godard ends up. The two-way contract gives the Stars the flexibility to shuttle Godard between the NHL and AHL, especially if they carry 13 forwards. Godard would have to go through waivers, though.

The Stars goal this offseason was to become a deeper team with good role players, and Godard plays his role well. Krys Barch has been a willing combatant for the Stars in recent years, but there could be games when they need a guy like Godard in the lineup.

“He brings depth in the toughness department,” said Provenzano.

Stars sign RW Eric Godard

July, 12, 2011
The Dallas Stars have signed right wing Eric Godard to a two-year contract. Godard, who had been with Pittsburgh, has a two-way contract in the first year and a one-way deal in the second year.

He's a tough guy and still considered one of the league's better enforcers, racking up 833 penalty minutes in 335 NHL games.

Here's the release from the Stars.
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right wing Eric Godard on a two-year contract. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal worth $750,000/$105,000 while the second year is a one-way agreement worth $700,000.

Godard, 31, spent the 2010-11 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, appearing in 19 games with three assists, a +4 rating, and 105 penalty minutes.

The 6-4, 214-pound right winger has played in 335 career NHL games, scoring three goals and 12 assists for 18 points. In eight NHL seasons, Godard has accrued 833 penalty minutes and has appeared in seven career playoff games, registering one assist and six penalty minutes.

The Vernon, B.C., native was originally signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers on Sept. 24, 1999. Godard has also played for the NY Islanders and Calgary Flames before joining Pittsburgh on July 1, 2008.