The Stars gave up defenseman Kevin Dean, center Derek Plante and a second round draft choice in 2001.
The trade answered a need for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who were in search of defense. Shawn Chambers has been out for extended periods and team captain Derian Hatcher has been out almost two months with a lacerated calf.
"With today's acquisition of Cote and Manson, we have added two players to our hockey club that will provide depth to our defensive corps," Dallas general manager Bob Gainey said.
Cote and Manson will join the Stars on Wednesday at Anaheim.
Cote, 34, played 48 games with Chicago and Toronto, scoring six goals and 19 assists with 14 penalty minutes. He was acquired by Chicago from Toronto on Oct. 8 for a draft pick and future considerations.
In 1,004 NHL games, Cote has 110 goals and 283 assists. He broke into the NHL in 1984-85 with Hartford and has also played for Washington and Toronto.
Manson, 34, has played in 956 games with 97 goals and 277 assists. He has logged 2,644 penalty minutes, 10th in the league.
With Chicago this season, he has no goals and seven assists in 37 games with 40 penalty minutes. An All-Star in 1989 and 1993, Manson began his NHL career with Chicago in 1986-87. He has also played in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Phoenix and Montreal.
Plante, 29, had a goal and an assist in 16 games while playing most of the year with the IHL's Michigan K-Wings. Dean, 30, had one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 37 games.
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