Stars open free agency by adding Michael Ryder, along with five other players

DALLAS - The Dallas Stars opened free agency with a flurry, agreeing to terms with Stanley Cup-winning right wing Michael Ryder and five other players.

Ryder got a US$7 million, two-year deal with Dallas after totalling eight goals and nine assists in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins. He had 18 goals with 23 assists in 79 regular-season games.

The Stars on Friday also added right wing Radek Dvorak, centres Vernon Fiddler and Jake Dowell and defencemen Adam Pardy and Sheldon Souray.

Fiddler, a nine-year veteran who played in Phoenix last season, got a $5.4 million, three-year contract. Pardy gets $4 million over two years, while Souray ($1.6 million), Dvorak ($1.5 million) and Dowell ($800,000) all got one-year deals.