Dallas re-signs forward Steve Ott with two-year contract

FRISCO, Tex. – Steve Ott is sticking with the Stars.

Dallas re-signed the centre to a two-year contract worth US$2.85 million ($1.35 million in ’08-09 and $1.5 million in ’09-10) through the 2009-10 season.

“Steve Ott has done a great job of earning this contract and we are very pleased to have him secure in Dallas for the next two years,” said co-GM Les Jackson. “He has developed into a valuable piece in our team chemistry and he brings a solid work ethic to our hockey club day in and day out.”

Ott, 25, set a new career high in goals (11) this season and tied his career-high of 22 points. He led the team in faceoff percentage (183-311, 58.8%) and penalty minutes (147), and ranked third in hits (182). In the first eight games of this playoff run, he has collected two goals, including a game-winner in Game One of the first round at Anaheim.

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Dallas’ first round pick (No. 25 overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft, Ott has appeared in 273 career NHL games and has recorded 67 points (21 goals and 46 assists) with 543 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the club, notching three goals and one assist for four points.