It’s all fun and games until you see the shadow of the end of a player’s contract slowly approaching – even worse when the team shows no signs of wanting/offering/talking about a contract extension. And no hockey fan can deny the feeling of relief that comes when their favourite player(s) gets to sign that beautiful extension.
There’s still time for some to reach an agreement and stay with the team for a few more years, and here we are to provide you with the details on those who have already signed for a few more seasons with the Dallas Stars.
And yes, just like our list of players coming from other teams, we will keep it up-to-date.
After a career-high 15 points in 75 games during the 2017-2018 regular season, defenseman Stephen Johns is staying with the Dallas Stars for three more years.
Johns was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, and even though he signed a two-year, entry-level contract, to begin the 2014-2015 season with the NHL, he was assigned to the Blackhwaks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. In 2015, Johns and Patrick Sharp were traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt. Again, he was reassigned to the AHL (Texas Stars) and finally made his NHL debut against (wait for it…) the Blackhawks in 2016. The Stars won that one, by the way.
The day after scoring his first NHL goal, Johns signed a two-year contract with the Stars.
Last month, the Stars GM Jim Nill announced the club had signed Johns to a three-year contract extension, with an AAV of $2.35 million. Nill shared:
“Stephen has developed into a solid contributor on our back-end. He plays a very fast, physical game and is just starting to hit the prime of his career. We’re pleased to have him locked up for the next three seasons”.
Same, Jim. Same.
Devin Shore was selected by the Stars in 2012 and agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract in 2015. He later signed to an amateur try-out with the Texas Stars to finish the season. He made his NHL debut in 2015 against the Boston Bruins.
Shore registered 32 points in 82 regular-season games – yes, 82 games. He played in all regular-season games for the second time in his career and was one of five Stars to appear in all of them. By the way, he recorded 33 points during the 2016-2017 season. Not bad, right? So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that he has been signed to a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.3 million.
What does Nill have to say about the young center?
“Devin is a hard-working, young forward who has shown us that he is willing to do whatever it takes on the ice to help the team win. His durability and versatility as a player has proven to be a major asset for our club. We look forward to watching his continued growth and development”.
And because the team wants us to feel closer to the players (we’re 100% on board with that, by the way)…
Not an extension, per se, but we didn’t want to leave him behind.
Elie was selected by the Stars in 2013 and signed a three-year, entry-level contract in 2014. He played 72 regular-season games with the Dallas Stars during the 2017-2018 season and 4 regular-season games with the Texas Stars. During the post-season, he helped Texas reach the Calder Cup Final against the Toronto Marlies.
Earlier this month, Elie signed a one-year, $735,000 contract, so we’ll get to see him grow and develop his game next season.
Janmark was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2013, and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, making his AHL debut on 2014. He opted to remain in Sweden for the 2014-2015 season, signing a one-year contract with Frölunda HC.
On March 1, 2015, Janmark (along with Mattias Bäckman and a third round pick) was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Erik Cole and a second draft pick. At the end of the season, he signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Stars, finally making his NHL debut on October 2015 (scoring his first career goal on his first shot on his first shift, mind you).
He missed the entire 2016-2017 season due to a knee injury but he is back in full force, signing a one-year, $2.3 million contract. Nill shared:
“Mattias is a strong and versatile player who always makes his presence felt when he is on the ice. His intelligence and determination have built the foundation of a tremendous, young player, and we are thrilled to have him returning as a member of the Stars”.
Once more: same, Jim. Same!
After a long, long wait, on September 13, just one day before training camp began, Tyler Seguin finally signed a contract extension, leaving him out of free agency market for next year.
Seguin was drafted in 2010 by the Boston Bruins (1st round, 2nd pick), made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010, and became a Stanley Cup champion during his rookie season. On July 4, 2013, Seguin was sent to the Dallas Stars along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow. He is entering the last year of a 6-year contract.
This 8-year contract extension is worth $78,800,000 with an AAV of $9,850,000, and is a full no-trade deal. That’s right: we’ll have Tyler Seguin for nine more years. What a blessed day.
Has your favourite made the list yet?