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8/9/2006 5:25:16 PM

The San Jose Sharks have signed free agent defenceman Mathieu Biron to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Biron, 26, appeared in 52 games registering 13 points and 50 penalty minutes with the Washington Capitals during the 2005-06 season.

Entering his eighth pro season, he has played 253 career NHL regular season games totaling 44 points and 177 penalty minutes for the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Capitals.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound native of Lac St. Charles, Quebec was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (21st overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

San Jose also signed Group II restricted free agent left wing Patrick Rissmiller to a two-year deal.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Recalled from Cleveland on Mar. 15, Rissmiller scored six points in 18 regular season games before notching three points in 11 playoff games.

Rissmiller, 27, had 52 points in 68 games with Cleveland before getting promoted last season.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Belmont, Massachusetts was signed by San Jose as a free agent on June 30, 2003.
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