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Ray Whitney, Burish, Kuba on the move: NHL signings

07/01/2012 03:20 EDT | Updated 08/31/2012 05:12 EDT
The Dallas Stars announced the signing of 40-year-old forward Ray Whitney on the first day of free agency.

Whitney managed to earn himself an extra year with a fine 2011-12 campaign, agreeing to a two-year, $9 million US deal.

Whitney scored 24 goals to go along with 53 assists in 82 games for Phoenix last season, good for 12th in the league in points and one of his best seasons ever.

The Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native also notched his 1,000th point during the campaign.

"Ray Whitney was among the most productive players in the league last season and showed he remains extremely capable and dangerous,” Stars general Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement. "He’s a winner, a competitor and a leader, and we’re very excited he’ll be a Dallas Star."

He has appeared in 1,229 career NHL games with San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Carolina, Detroit and Phoenix, scoring 365 goals to go along with 638 assists.

Whitney won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.

Burish, Kuba change addresses

The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Adam Burish to a four-year contract.

The Sharks announced the deal Sunday at the start of the free agency period.

Burish had six goals, 13 assists, 76 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating last season with Dallas. He played his first four seasons in Chicago before spending the last two with the Stars. Burish has 25 goals and 29 assists in 297 career games.

Burish is a former linemate of Sharks forward Joe Pavelski in college at the University of Wisconsin.

Goaltender Scott Clemmensen is staying with the Florida Panthers, and defenceman Filip Kuba is returning after more than a decade away.

In addition, the club picked up longtime Anaheim tough guy George Parros.

The Panthers announced a two-year extension for Clemmensen on Sunday, their first official move in the NHL's free agency period. Not long afterward, the team announced another two-year deal with Kuba — a 1995 draft pick by Florida who last played for the Panthers on Jan. 6, 2000.

Clemmensen was 14-6-6 in 30 regular-season appearances last season for the Southeast Division champions, and was 1-2 with a 2.35 goals-against average in the playoffs against New Jersey.

"Scott is a high-character, hard-working player who is a true professional in every sense," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He stepped in and played very well in some tough games for us last season. ... We are very pleased to have him back with our club."

Clemmensen will be entering his fourth year with the Panthers this fall.

Kuba was an eighth-round pick by the Panthers 17 years ago. He was traded to Calgary in March 2000, then claimed in the expansion draft by Minnesota three months later. Kuba played five seasons with the Wild, two more with Tampa Bay and the last four with Ottawa.

He has 69 goals and 254 assists in 792 NHL games.

"Filip is an experienced player who adds further depth to our blue line," Tallon said. "He is a big, strong and responsible, shutdown defenceman who averaged more than 23 minutes of ice time per game last season. We are confident that he will fit very well into our top six and help our power play."

Parros, 32, has also played for Colorado and Los Angeles in his 413-game NHL career. He's compiled 17 goals and 16 assists, with 950 penalty minutes.

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