According to a report from NHL insider and TSN analyst Darren Dreger, Dallas Stars superstar Tyler Seguin is on the verge of signing a contract extension with an annual average salary north of $9.5 million.
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Tyler Seguin is closing in on a contract extension in Dallas. Sounds like his aav could be north of Jamie Benn’s $9.5 mil.
UPDATE: Stars insider Mark Stepneski has confirmed that Seguin has signed an eight year deal worth $9.85 million per season.
Tyler Seguin has signed an eight-year contract extension worth $9.85 million per season.
UPDATE: The Stars have officially confirmed the news with this INCREDIBLE Super Mario inspired video.
Wow! Between Jamie Benn and Seguin that's a LOT of money tied up in just two players. If Dreger's report ends up coming true, Benn and Seguin will likely combine for the richest contract pairing in NHL history.
When NHL insider Nick Kypreos from Sportsnet reported earlier this offseason that negotiations between the Stars and Seguin were strained, it set off a firestorm of speculation. Will Seguin be the next John Tavares? Will he walk away from his team as a free agent? Are we all ready for another superstar free agent sweepstakes?
There’s been speculation abound that the 26 year old, 40 goal scorer could test free agency next offseason and supplant Tavares as the biggest free agent to ever hit the open market. You can bet that Stars general manager Jim Nill is doing everything in his power to prevent that from happening, however.
Seguin’s six year, $34.5 million deal expires next offseason and if Dreger’s report is to be believed it’s very possible that Seguin ends up doubling his $5.75 million annual salary. Seguin’ finished 7th last season in NHL scoring with a career high 40 goals in 82 games. Together with Stars captain Jamie Benn and Russian sniper Alex Radulov, Seguin comprises one of the most dynamic offensive lines in the NHL. If the team were to lose him to free agency, it would create an infallible void in the team’s lineup and throw a wrench into their entire system and strategy. This is something that asters GM Jim Nill is undoubtedly aware of and explains why he’s so eager to lock up Seguin before the season begins. Again, his situation is not unlike the one that played out last season between Tavares and the New York Islanders. Flash forward a year and Tavares has moved on while the Islanders have scrambled to fill his absence. If Nill and the Stars don’t lock down Seguin soon, they could find themselves in a similar predicament.
Source: Darren Dreger
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