Dallas Signs Climie, Krahn

FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed goaltenders Matt Climie (pictured) and Brent Krahn to one-year, two-way contracts for 2009-10.

Climie was the RBC Financial Group ECHL Saver of the Month for March after going 8-2-0 with three shutouts, two shootout wins, a goals-against average of 1.60 and a save percentage of .937 to help the Steelheads go 10-5-1 and qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. He was named the Reebok ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Mar. 23-29 and CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for December.

He was called up to the NHL by Dallas on Apr. 3 and he started three games for the Stars going 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.92 and a save percentage of .894. He earned the win in his NHL debut on Apr. 4 vs. St. Louis, becoming just the fifth goaltender in Dallas Stars history to win in his first NHL game (also Mike Torchia and Roman Turek and former ECHL All-Stars Dan Ellis and Mike Smith). Signed by Dallas as a free agent on Mar. 20, 2008, Climie appeared in five games for the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League Playoffs, going 1-1 with a 1.88 GAA and a .945 save percentage.

The Leduc, Alberta native was 27-12-1 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .915.in 42 games for the Steelheads. He tied for third in the league in wins and shutouts while ranking fourth in goals-against average.

Selected in the first round (9th overall) by Calgary in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Krahn began the season in Las Vegas and appeared in six games before being reassigned to Chicago of the American Hockey League. The 26 year old was 7-5-2 with a goals-against average of 2.61 and a save percentage of .925 in 14 games with Las Vegas as a rookie in 2003-04.

Krahn signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars on Sept. 24, 2008, and was originally drafted by Calgary in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.