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Red Wings Sign Steve Duchesne

September 4, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ Free agent Steve Duchesne, a playmaking defenseman who finished last season with Philadelphia, signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

``Steve brings a great deal of NHL experience and depth to our blue line,″ Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. ``He’s a strong skater, moves the puck very well and will fit in nicely with our defensive group.″

Duchesne, 34, is a three-time all star who was once part of the trade that sent Eric Lindros from Quebec to Philadelphia. He was fourth among NHL defensemen in scoring two seasons ago with St. Louis with 14 goals and 42 assists.

But he was a disappointment last year for Los Angeles, which signed him as a free agent. He had just had just four goals and 19 assists in 60 games before being traded to Philadelphia. He had two goals and five assists with the Flyers.

Duchesne is not a physical player and is not known as a strong defensive player.

During his 14-year NHL career, Duchesne has played for Philadelphia, Los Angeles and St. Louis twice each and Quebec and Ottawa once. He has 208 goals and 460 assists.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

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