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Stars Free Agency 2012: Dallas Lose Defensman Sheldon Souray To Anaheim

The Dallas Stars lost free agent defenseman Sheldon Souray who signed a three-year deal for $11 million Sunday night with the Anaheim Ducks. Souray had a comeback year of sorts as he scored six goals and racked up 15 assists in just 64 games.

Sheldon has been a three-time NHL All-Star but he is now joining his fifth team in 12 years. He sat out the 2010-11 season over a contract dispute with the Edmonton Oilers and during that year he played in the AHL.

Duck fans are not too happy with the move and feel they overpaid for Souray:

Souray, a three-time NHL All-Star is long removed from his glory years in Montreal, and most Ducks and NHL fans really wonder what left he has to give. The quintessential player who you "take a flyer on" or "have a brief look at" was signed by General Manager Bob Murray for a grand total of three-years and $11 million. The most upsetting part isn't the fact that it was an overpay - pay him $6, or $8 million for all I care - what is bothersome is the fact that the Ducks locked Souray up through 2015, for a total of three, long, grueling years. The equivalent of a death sentence for toxic contracts in today's NHL.

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