Alex Radulov has used a strong first season back in the NHL and cashed in with a long-term deal with the Dallas Stars.
The Stars announced on Monday the signing of the soon-to-be 31-year-old forward to a five-year deal worth $31.25 million. The deal carries a $6.25 million cap hit through the 2021-22 NHL season.
“Alexander is a dynamic playmaker with top-end speed and skill,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “To add a forward of this stature to our lineup makes our top-six as deep and talented as any group in this League.”
So we get to see Radulov with Benn and Tyler Seguin on their top line? Yes, please.
Radulov potted 18 goals and recorded 54 points in 76 games this past season with the Montreal Canadiens. He later led them in scoring (7 points) before their first-round exit this postseason.
We’re sure the negotiations between Nill and Radulov’s camp were worth the time, but we all really know how this deal came together.
After season where Radulov answered many doubts about his commitment and formed a very strong bond with Canadiens fans, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin left the door open for a return. Progress toward a deal, however, was unsuccessful as Bergevin’s idea for term and a dollar amount was vastly different than what Radulov’s camp was seeking as he desired a long-term contract.
The signing continues a very busy off-season for Nill, who is clearly in win-now mode with the moves he’s made so far. Along with adding Radulov he’s brought upgrades in in the form of Marc Methot, Martin Hanzal and Ben Bishop, and he still has some cap space to work with.
After a year out of the playoffs, the Stars have had a dramatic off-season, one that has them pointing in the right direction again.
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