The Dallas Stars announced Thursday that they've signed forward Tyler Seguin to an eight-year contract extension that will see him make $9.85 million per season.
The news comes just weeks after Seguin said that the two sides had stalled and that he was "disappointed" in not having it done. But as the regular season draws closer, Dallas was able to finally lock up their franchise player after all.
Seguin Jamie Benn's $9.5 million AAV. The latter agreed to a monster eight-year, $76 million contract two years ago. But superstar players are seeing their salaries go up more and more each year, so Seguin got this extension at the perfect time.
The Stars have only made the playoffs twice since the 2008-09 season, and they have just one postseason victory to show for it. Keeping Seguin gives them a chance to compete for Stanley Cups, but losing him would have made this team significantly worse, especially given the lack of depth in their prospect pool.
Dallas acquired Seguin in the 2013 offseason via a massive trade with the Boston Bruins. Five years later, there's no doubting that the Stars were the real winners here. Seguin has posted 70-point seasons every year in Dallas, and he's scored 30-plus goals four times.
Per CapFriendly.com, the Stars have just over $5 million in cap space, but Jason Spezza's $7.5 million cap hit comes off the books after 2018-19, so they'll have plenty of room to fit Seguin's new contract in.
Seguin and Benn have been two of the NHL's most electrifying duos in their five years together, and there was no way Dallas could afford to lose one of them. GM Jim Nill built this team around Benn and Seguin, and he's not changing that now.