Tyler Seguin Signs $78.8 Million Contract Extension

Tyler Seguin, the Dallas Stars’ star center, has signed a deal with his team for an eight-year contract extension. Seguin has been hoping for this agreement for quite some time. He has an impressive track record, and many expect him to bring the Stars up in the ranks.

The five-time NHL All-Star is from Ontario, Canada. Seguin started out playing with the Boston Bruins and was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup winning team. He appeared in another Stanley Cup Final in 2013, and he was traded to Dallas later that year.  He beat the 30-goal mark in four seasons, and in 2017-18, he had his NHL-best 40 goals and 78 points.

Stars General Manager, Jim Nill, shared with ESPN:

“With Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, I think our franchise is in a good spot over the next eight or nine years… Tyler’s really coming into his prime right now. I think last year we saw him take a major step. He became one of our leaders… He’s really hit the prime of his career… You don’t find these guys on the Kmart shelf. He’s an elite player. He’s a center ice man. He’s got a great skill set. And he’s been an elite scorer for a long time.”

With this deal, he will now become the highest paid player on the team at a $9.85 million annual value. With his annual salary just under $10 million, compared to last year’s salary rankings, he will most likely land in the 15th place range for highest paid players (according to Spotrac.)

Seguin shared the exciting news with his fans on Twitter:

This deal will keep Seguin with the stars until 2027. In the meantime, he will hopefully produce the offensive drive that the team needs. If the Dallas Stars want to be as competitive in the Western Conference as they were during the 2015-16 season, they need to step it up. With this rewarding contract, Seguin and forward captain Jamie Benn will have to lead the team to its second Stanley Cup win (the last win was in 1999.)

Here’s how the Dallas Stars creatively chose to break the news:

The Stars will open their preseason with a game against the St. Louis Blues at home on September 18th at 8:30 p.m. The Blues knocked them out of their last run to the playoffs when the Stars were No. 1 ranked in the Western Conference.

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