Yet another restricted free agent has avoided arbitration, as Dallas Stars forward Devin Shore signed a two-year deal with Dallas Friday. The deal averages $2.3 million each year against the salary cap, right between Radek Faksa ($2.2M) and Blake Comeau ($2.4M).
Shore averaged the fifth-most average ice time of the forwards last year (Janmark was 4th, Faksa 6th), and while his scoring didn’t quite live up to what many would hope for someone getting his level of power play time, Shore earned the trust of Ken Hitchcock, and now he has earned himself another $5 million dollars by his 25th birthday. Not a bad way to end a work week in July, I’d say.
This is mostly routine business, of course. Teams should always sign their young, useful RFAs, and while Shore may have been given more rope than his production always seemed to warrant last year, you need players like this in your bottom six group.
And while you may not see much to shake a stick at in Shore’s even strength production, it’s worth noting that he was second on the team in primary assists per 60 minutes on the power play. So, perhaps Shore still has more to give in terms of utilizing his vision in the offensive zone.
As for the other pending RFAs, Gemel Smith and Mattias Janmark still loom. One would expect both of those players to get signed well before training camp, but then again, one never knows anything until it happens. Life is a mystery, and we are all detectives.
Here’s the official release:
FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Friday that the club has signed center Devin Shore to a two-year contract that has an annual average value of $2.3-million per year.
Shore, 23, registered 32 points (11-21=32) in 82 regular-season games and finished tied for fifth on Dallas with a career-high 21 assists. He skated in all 82 regular-season games for the second time in his career and was one of five Stars players to appear in all 82 contests. Additionally, Shore ranked seventh on the club in goals (11) and points (32), while also ranking fifth among team forwards with a career-high 15:26 average time on ice per game. The forward finished tied for third among Stars forwards and eighth among all club skaters with 57 blocked shots.
”Devin is a hard-working, young forward who has shown us that he is willing to do whatever it takes on the ice to help the team win,” Nill said. “His durability and versatility as a player has proven to be a major asset for our club. We look forward to watching his continued growth and development.”
During the 2016-17 campaign, the forward recorded 33 points (13-20=33) in 82 regular-season contests during his first full NHL campaign. Shore shared sixth on the club in points (33) and was one of two Stars players to appear in all 82 games along with forward Tyler Seguin. He finished tied for sixth on the team in goals (13), while he ranked sixth (20) in assists. Among NHL rookies, he ranked 14th in assists (20), was tied for 14th in points (33) and shared 16th in goals (13). Over three NHL seasons, all with Dallas, he has amassed 65 points (24-41=65) in 167 regular-season contests. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 3, 2015 against the Boston Bruins.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Ajax, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (61st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.