The Dallas Stars went ahead and did the right thing today by locking-up Tyler Seguin to an eight-year, $78.8 million contract extension.
People were starting to worry about whether or not this would happen because, at the end of this season, he would have been a UFA with plenty of suitors.
Locking-up Seguin for the long-term is a big deal for this franchise. Seguin, along with teammate Jamie Benn, is a pure offensive superstar.
In a year in which the Stars missed the playoffs for the second time in five years, he notched 78 points on 40 goals and 38 assists. Not only was he good last season, but just look at his totals for each season he has been in Dallas:
– 2013-14: 37 goals and 47 assists for 84 points
– 2014-15: 37 goals and 40 assists for 77 points
– 2015-16: 33 goals and 40 assists for 73 points
– 2016-17: 26 goals and 46 assists for 72 points
– 2017-18: 40 goals and 38 assists for 78 points
As you can see, he has been the team’s most consistent point producer. In fact, in his time in Dallas, he has averaged close to 77 points a season. That’s a guy you want on your roster for a very long time.
Besides putting up a lot of points, Seguin creates scoring opportunities every time he is on the ice. He throws a ton of pucks on net every year (335 shots on goal last season), he’s great on the power play (25 points with the man advantage last season), he’s got smooth hands, and when the game is on the line, he is one of the guys you want on the ice.
This is also a player that has won the Cup before. He won it in his rookie year with the B’s in 2010-11 and then just two seasons later, came to within two wins of winning another Cup.
Having that kind of experience is always valuable in a locker room. He knows what it takes to go all the way and he can lead his team by example to get there.
Lastly, he is still unbelievably young despite having been in the league for eight years already. He’s just 26 years old and while this is hard to imagine, he has yet to even reach his prime yet.
The Stars made the right move. Now, it’s up to Seguin to deliver on this contract and help the Stars get back to being a legitimate Cup contender.