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3 июля 2009 года. 
Dallas Stars add durable defenseman // The Dallas Morning News

By MIKE HEIKA / 

The Stars are hoping they have found experience and toughness on a budget, signing free agent defenseman Karlis Skrastins to a two-year contract Thursday.

Skrastins, who will turn 35 on July 9, signed for $1.1 million next season and $1.65 million in 2010-11. His salary cap hit will be $1.375 million per year.

"He's a warrior, a heart-and-soul player, and I think he will make us better in a lot of different areas," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "I knew him in Florida, and I know he's a character guy who can play solid minutes and is a low-maintenance player."
Karlis Skrastins was plus-9 in 80 games last season with Florida and ranked ninth in the NHL in blocked shots at 171.
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Karlis Skrastins was plus-9 in 80 games last season with Florida and ranked ninth in the NHL in blocked shots at 171.

Skrastins (6-1, 210) has just 115 points in 679 career NHL games, but the native of Riga, Latvia is an excellent shot blocker and defensive defenseman.

In 2007 he broke the NHL record for consecutive games played by a defenseman at 495. Last season he averaged 20:34 minutes a game for Florida. He had four goals and 14 assists and was plus-9 in 80 games. He ranked ninth in the NHL in blocked shots at 171.

"He's a solid player and a great guy to have around, so I definitely think he makes us better," said coach Marc Crawford.

Skrastins will probably be relied upon to help veteran Stephane Robidas lead a group of young Stars defensemen. His acquisition likely means the Stars will not re-sign free agent Darryl Sydor.

However, Nieuwendyk said the team still is interested in keeping Sergei Zubov. The Stars' all-time leader in scoring by a defenseman is shopping himself on the free agent market but remains in communication with the Stars.  

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