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Stars agree to terms with Krys Barch

The Stars have agreed to terms on a two-year contract for winger Krys Barch worth $1.675 million, according to assistant general manager Frank Provenzano.

Barch will make $825,000 this upcoming season and $850,000 in 2011-12. That's a nice raise for Barch, who made $575,000 last season.

Barch's agent, Scott Norton, was not available for comment, but did tweet Monday night:

BIG news coming tomorrow for client Krys Barch of the @DallasStars!

Barch, who was set to become unrestricted free agent on Thursday, is the club's enforcer. He had six assists and 130 penalty minutes in 63 games in 2009-10.

With the signing, the Stars don't have much room -- about $3 million until they hit their internal budget of $45 million -- to re-sign Nicklas Grossman, James Neal and Matt Niskanen and decide on Jere Lehtinen. So we'll see how general manager Joe Nieuwendyk handles that. He could, of course, make a trade to try to free up more money. Or maybe there's some wiggle room in that internal budget.

Free agency begins Thursday, by the way.