Stars sign Barch, Wathier to 2-year contract extensions day after denying Modano

DALLAS – The Dallas Stars have signed forward Krys Barch to a US$1.675-million, two-year contract extension and winger Francis Wathier to a two-year extension.

The moves Wednesday came a day after the Stars said they would not offer a contract to Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in National Hockey League history.

Barch gets $825,000 next season and $850,000 in 2011-12. The two-way contract for Wathier means he gets paid less if he’s in the minors.

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Barch played in 63 games for Dallas last season, with six assists and 130 penalty minutes. All 209 of his NHL games have been with the Stars over the past four seasons.

Wathier made his NHL debut in five games for the Stars last season.