With the Dallas Stars back at practice this morning, news has come out that the team has made several new contract signings official.
First up is current Stars forward Curtis McKenzie. He has signed a one-year, one-way contract extension that carries a cap hit of $700,000 for next season. McKenzie has appeared in 43 games for the Stars this season and has registered 4 goals and 11 points as well as 67 penalty minutes.
Surprisingly, his PIMs are not as high as I would have expected, considering how often he’s gone out and mixed it up this season. He’s currently second to Antoine Roussel, who has amassed 115 PIMs this season — good for second in the league behind Ottawa Senators blueliner Mark Borowiecki (126 PIMs).
McKenzie meets the expansion draft exposure requirements of having played 40 games this season or 70 games in the past two seasons in addition to being signed for next season. The contract gives the Stars some additional flexibility in terms of who they can expose in the expansion draft for the Las Vegas Golden Knights this June.
The second contract signing was for current Texas Stars (AHL) goaltender Landon Bow. Bow signed a two-year entry level contract with the Stars after signing an AHL-only contract with Texas this past summer.
Stephen Meserve at 100 Degree Hockey offered this analysis just last week on why it makes sense for the Stars to sign Bow to an entry-level contract:
“He had solid numbers in his junior career, including a deep playoff run in his final season with Seattle. An entry-level deal for Bow would lock down an AHL/ECHL goalie for the time being and allow the Stars to develop his talents further. Goalies don't hit their prime years until later in their 20s. With proper development, Bow could be an asset that Dallas gets 'for free' thanks to good junior scouting.”