Feb 29, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric (28) checks Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Richard Park (12) during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Penguins defeated the Stars 4-3 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Fistric Avoids Arbitration, Signs New One-Year Deal With The Dallas Stars

The news came out this afternoon that the Dallas Stars have taken care of another one of their restricted-free agents. Mark Fistric and the team have agreed to a one-year deal, keeping the physical defenseman in Dallas. The new deal is for $1.45 million for one-year, giving Fistric a chance to show what he can do with a bigger role on the team. But the deal also maintains financial flexibility moving forward as the Stars again will get a chance to keep Fistric or let him leave next summer.

As detailed earlier this week here on Blackout Dallas, the Stars have added firepower this summer but the defense has been left alone. Keeping Fistric was essential after Sheldon Souray left during free agency. While he has only had 7 points in 117 games over the last two seasons, Fistric does bring a physical side that is absent from some of the team’s other defenders and at this point will be the defense’s largest guy in stature this coming season. He does receive a bit of a raise, after being on a three-year deal for $3 million total over the span of the contract ($1.25 last season).

Here is the press release from the league: Fistric signs one-year deal with Stars.

Tags: Dallas Stars Mark Fistric NHL Free Agency Sheldon Souray

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