The Dallas Stars were suddenly thrust into the spotlight recently when Tyler Seguin spoke about his current contract situation. Seguin described it as “disappointing” that there hadn’t been much in the way of extension talks this summer, but took a different tone today with Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com. According to Seguin, contract talks with the Stars have increased since his media appearance at the BioSteel Camp in Toronto, and he’s now “hopeful” that the two sides will come to an agreement before the season begins.
Seguin is one of the big fish in the 2019 unrestricted free agent class, and has expressed a desire in the past to stay in Dallas long-term. That kind of a contract would likely approach what John Tavares landed on the open market, something that Dallas has to make sure they can fit in before signing. The Stars already have Jamie Benn under contract for $9.5MM per season and have been linked to other star players like Erik Karlsson and Artemi Panarin, if only in passing. Inking what could be an extension that eclipses $80MM for Seguin is a huge commitment, though he certainly has deserved it through his on-ice performance.
The 26-year old Seguin is one of only a few players who can claim real 40-goal capability, and added even more defensive responsibility to his repertoire last season. In 2017-18 he recorded his fifth consecutive season of at least 72 points, and should considered among the very best centers in the NHL. In fact, he recently landed just outside the top-10 in our PHR community-voted rankings and would be arguably the best player available next summer if he reached free agency.