After what seemed like a lifetime of negotiations with ups and downs, Dallas Stars’ center Tyler Seguin has signed an 8-year contract extension, leaving him out of free agency market for next year.

First reports stated Seguin’s new contract would have a higher AAV (annual average value) than Jamie Benn’s ($9.5 million) – and they were right. The contract is worth $78,800,000 with an AAV of $9,850,000, and according to first reports, it’s a full no-trade deal. We can breathe again.

In typical (and beautiful) Stars’ fashion, the team announced (and celebrated) the news with some good ol’ “Seguin World”.

Tyler 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 went on to have his best season to date, with a total of 84 points (37 goals, 47 assists), and has since been one of the most consistent players in the team (along with Jamie Benn), despite some injuries along the way.

Seguin finished the 2017-2018 regular season as the #2 scorer of the team, with 78 points (40 goals, 38 assists), and a plus/minus of +12, having played in all 82 games. He also led the team in goals, ranking 7th in the league overall (sharing the spot with Anders Lee from the New York Islanders), and power play goals as well (14), ranking 6th in the league overall alongside Mika Zibanejad (NYR), Anders Lee, and Evgeni Malkin (PIT).

It’s fair to say Stars’ fans went through hell and back between the end of the season and today, as negotiations on the contract extension were a wild ride. While GM Jim Nill assured us negotiations were moving along, a few weeks ago Seguin expressed his disappointment on not having signed yet, and reports stated negotiations had come to a halt.

Last week, Seguin himself shared they were “progressing in contract talks” while Nill said he hoped to re-sign him before the season began. The contract comes one day before training camp – please consider the Dallas Stars as advisors for suspense stories and films.

Seguin shared:

“I’m thrilled to have this signed going into the season. Dallas has become home to me and I love this organization. In my time over the last five years with Tom Gaglardi and Jim Nill,it is clear how bad they want to win and have a model franchise. To be a part of that leadership group for the next nine seasons is an honor, and I can’t wait to get this season started with my teammates”.

Speaking to the media, he added that “at the end of the day, I knew where I wanted to be, I knew where home was, and that was here in Dallas“.

At some point during the offseason, the Dallas Stars were said to be one of the top teams looking to get Erik Karlsson. Following the news of Seguin’s contract, reports started to pop that the Stars were out and Vegas was now #1… for a few minutes, as Karlsson is now heading to San Jose. It all points to Seguin’s contract being the end of any potential acquisitions and trades.

And so we can go on with our lives happily and in peace, knowing that our magnificent 14-91-47 line won’t be broken for a couple more seasons. We are more than ready for preseason AND regular season.


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