Apr 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (21) watches his team take on the St. Louis Blues during the game at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars Sign Antoine Roussel, Avoid Arbitration

It’s another great day to be a Stars fan.

Just moments ago, the Dallas Stars announced that they reached an agreement with forward Antoine Roussel. The contract turned out to be a 4-year deal worth $8 million.

Roussel, 24, filed for arbitration on July 5th along with Stars defenseman Cameron Gaunce in hopes of gaining a better contract. Gaunce signed with the Stars organization a mere six days later, but Roussel held true and awaited his hearing in Toronto which was actually scheduled for just a few hours from now.

Roussel had a fantastic second season as a pro, scoring 14 goals and racking up 29 points with the Stars during the regular season. These numbers are outstanding for a guy that spent a fifth of his playing time in the penalty box. He accumulated 209 penalty minutes during the regular season, putting him in third place in the league for that category on the year. He’s a gritty and violent forward who also knows how to play the offensive game rather well. He will drop the gloves with whoever feels the need to provoke him and will rarely lose.

Roussel was looking for a deal worth 2.35 million per year, and the Stars counter-offered with 1.15 million per year. So, with the two sides not being able to meet, they awaited for the arbitration hearing. But this morning, minds were changed and both sides were able to agree before the arbitration hearing. Antoine will receive 1.6 million in the first year, 1.8 in the second, 2.2 in the third, and 2.4 in his final season.

Now that Roussel has used his filing for arbitration, he will not be able to file for arbitration ever again. But with his contract lasting four years, that will put him at 28 years old upon expiration, one year older than the maximum age a player can be in order to file. The Dallas Stars have now solved both arbitration cases they were faced with, and their offseason moves can die down for a little while.

Roussel will come in and play on the dynamite line along with Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt. The “Three Musketeers” are one of the best lines in the NHL, let alone the Stars squad, and constantly provoke and pester defenses and goaltenders.

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