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Dallas signs Peters to one-year deal

The Dallas Stars, parent club of the AHL’s Texas Stars, have signed free-agent center Warren Peters to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2009-10 season.

“Warren is a gritty center ice-man with underrated skill, and he will bring quality depth to our organization,” said Dallas general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “We look forward to his continued development in our system.”

Peters, 26, skated in 16 games with Calgary last season, collecting a goal and 12 penalty minutes. Peters made his NHL debut on Dec. 7, 2008, at the New York Rangers, and scored his first NHL goal on Mar. 3, 2009, at Ottawa. He skated in four Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Flames this spring, going scoreless.

The 6-foot, 198-pound center also appeared in 62 games with the AHL’s Quad City Flames last season, recording 17 points (11 goals, six assists) and 51 penalty minutes. His most prolific season at the AHL level came in 2006-07 with Omaha, when he posted 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 79 games, all AHL career bests.

The native of Saskatoon, Sask., has skated in 349 career AHL games, tallying 58 goals, 49 assists and 416 penalty minutes.