The Dallas Stars announced today via their official Twitter account that the team has agreed to terms with (would have been) restricted free agent defenseman Alex Goligoski on a four-year contract extension worth 18.4 million.
For the math impaired that's $4.6 million per season and keeps him a Dallas Stars through the spring of 2016. Goligoski is currently earning $2.75 million this season and is carrying a $1.83 million cap hit.
"The key is that we view Alex Goligoski as one of our core players," said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. "I think that's a philosophy of our organization - to identify our core players and make sure that they're long term Dallas Stars."
That's one big RFA down and one to go - a big one in Jamie Benn, but this is a very positive sign for the Stars down the road and one less thing to worry about in the off-season.
Goligoski is a big part of this team's plan moving forward and they've shown that to him here by committing four more years at a pretty good rate. He leads the Stars' defense in ice time. He leads the team in power play time. He is just two off Sheldon Souray's lead for points on the defense and has done so in five fewer games.
The contract will take him to just 30 years of age, and should be a comfort to Stars' fans in light of the fact that Stephane Robidas will (probably) not be around forever. I wouldn't want to doubt him too much.
"He's a great person," added Nieuwendyk. "He's well respected in the locker room and he's a big part of our team. The minutes he plays and the style of game that he has - it's important to our team success."
Nieuwendyk added that talks with Jamie Benn would not resume until after the season concludes and that his is a different situation still being on his entry level deal. With Goligoski they decided to move forward knowing that the existing CBA would still be what they needed to work under throughout the summer regardless of what happens there and it sounded like both sides just wanted to get it done.
What do you think? Too much? Just right?
Full press release from Stars after the jump.
Frisco, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Alex Goligoski (gall-ih-gah-ski) on a four-year contract extension worth $18.4 million (averaging $4.6 million per season). His current contract expires this summer. The new deal puts Goligoski under contract with the Stars through the 2015-16 season.
"We're very pleased that we were able to sign Alex to this extension," said Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. "We are committed to building a winner here in Dallas and that starts with re-signing your key players and maintaining a solid foundation for your roster."
Added Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk, "Alex Goligoski is one of our core players and we are very pleased to get him under contract during the prime of his career. Alex is a character person and one of the anchors of our blue-line. He's a big part of our hockey club."
Goligoski, 26, is in his fourth NHL season and his second with the Stars. He has played in 236 career games, scoring 33 goals and 87 assists for 120 points and a +28 plus/minus rating. The 5-11, 181-pound defenseman leads Dallas in overall time-on-ice per-game (22:34), as well as power play time-on-ice per-game (3:38) this season. Goligoski has logged over 20 minutes of ice-time per-game in 54 of his 59 contests as a member of the Dallas Stars since coming to the team via a trade with Pittsburgh on Feb. 21, 2011.
Pittsburgh's second round selection (61st overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Goligoski was a member of the Penguin's 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he played three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2004-07), scoring 25 goals and 73 assists for 98 points in 117 games. The 5-11, 180-pound defenseman was named First-Team All-American, First-Team All-WCHA, and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2006-07.