Why the Stars are getting some of their stars to sign contracts on the cheap
There’s no shortage of deals being done for players this offseason, but the Stars, who have been searching for depth on their blueline, are getting a few good names to get them off the ground.
The Stars have signed three players to four-year deals worth around $2 million per, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
The deals were announced Wednesday.
Defenseman Andrej Sekera, who has a cap hit of $1.25 million, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million per.
Goalie Jhonas Enroth, who was on the ice for most of the Stars’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, signed an eight-year, $32 million contract extension with a $4.25-million cap hit.
And forward Justin Dowling, who led all NHL scorers last season, signed his sixth-year entry-level contract with a cap value of $3.25 to $4 million per season.
The contracts are worth about $2.25 per point and $2 per goal scored.
They’re the latest sign of confidence coming from the Stars after a disappointing start to the season.
Stars GM Jim Nill said he was confident about the team’s progress after the season ended in the first round of the playoffs.
“I think that we were in a position to be a playoff team and we were really close to doing that,” Nill told reporters Wednesday.
Nill is in the final year of his contract and is due to receive a $6.5 million bonus when the deal is fully guaranteed. “
We got to take that step back, take a look at it and find ways to fix things, and I think that is exactly what we’re going to do.”
Nill is in the final year of his contract and is due to receive a $6.5 million bonus when the deal is fully guaranteed.
Stars General Manager Jim Nills says he’s confident in his team heading into next season, but that they have to improve to reach their goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“Our goal was to get to the Stanley Cups,” Nills said.
“It’s a tough road, but we are going to be in this conversation.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he wasn’t surprised by the contracts.
“The way we play, the way we communicate, and the way our players play, you don’t need to have that kind of cap space to sign a player and that’s the way it has to be,” Ruff said.