The first big move financially by new ownership took place this morning, as the Dallas Stars and General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk signed the first of their two big restricted free agents to-be to a big contract extension. The team has signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a four-year contract extension worth a reported $18.4 million that will keep “Goose” with the Stars until after the 2015-2016 season and make him the second highest paid player on the roster.
The 26-year old Goligoski was supposed to become a restricted free agent this summer and now the Stars only have Jamie Benn to deal with as far as “big name” players looking for a new contract this summer. After tying up Trevor Daley to a nice extension last year, the team now will have two of their best players on the roster for quite a few years. Besides Benn, the Stars also will have to address RFA’s Philip Larsen and Mark Fistric this summer along with their list of unrestricted free agents that includes Nicklas Grossman and Adam Burish.
In 59 games with the Dallas Stars since being traded to Dallas last year, Alex has compiled 10 goals and 20 assists with 13 of those 30 points coming on the powerplay. While the impact of what he could do was shown immediately last season, things have been a little less perfect this season. While some points are still coming in, it is obvious the wrist injury not only took away games from him this season but also slowed him down too on the ice. What the Stars hopefully signed long-term was a little bit more like last season.
While resigning Goose was the right thing to do, personally I can say I have a little bit of a concern over the price. The deal will even out to $4.6 million a season, putting Goligoski into the “star” player type of money. I did think Daley might have been a little pricey last season, but after seeing the contracts that were given out this last year and what Daley has done since signing the new deal, my opinion quickly changed. I hope that Goligoski does the same. While I loved what I saw that season from him, this year has been a little less impressive. Even with the time missed, we have seen a few mishaps and puck-handling issues from him. I would have liked to see the Stars pay about $3.75-4 million a year but the contract does show that the team and new owner Tom Gaglardi are willing to spend money to keep the right guys here. And in the end that is what Stars fans really should see from this.