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Monday, November 17, 2003
Hawks, Stars swap defensemen

Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars acquired Jon Klemm from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, hoping he can improve a porous defense and help a team on a six-game winless streak.

The Stars gave up Stephane Robidas and a second-round pick in next year's draft for Klemm and a fourth-rounder.

Dallas' blue line was softened by the loss of longtime anchor Derian Hatcher to free agency and the trade of Darryl Sydor. The Stars (7-9-2-0) haven't had a losing record this late in a season since 1995-96. Their 50 goals allowed are among the worst in the conference.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Klemm provides a physical presence with veteran experience. Now in his ninth season, Klemm was on two Stanley Cup champion teams in Colorado and was an alternate captain in Chicago.

"Jon Klemm is a veteran player who we feel will help solidify our defensive corps," Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He has strong leadership qualities and adds size and determination to our team."

Although the Stars have been trying to trim one of the league's highest payrolls, they added salary in this move. Klemm makes $2.5 million this season, roughly triple what Robidas earns.

Klemm has an assist in 19 games this season. For his career, he has 35 goals, 87 assists and 318 penalty minutes in 579 games.

Robidas, a solid player last season after being acquired from Montreal, had one goal in 14 games this season.

Dallas also sent center Antti Miettinen to its AHL affiliate in Utah and recalled forwards Steve Gainey and Rob Valicevic.