The Dallas Stars have signed forward Justin Dowling to a two-year, two-way contract extension, according to NHL.com’s Mark Stepneski. The 28-year-old, who is the captain of the Texas Stars of the AHL, will get $750K in the NHL, while getting $375K in the AHL.
Dowling, who has played 398 games with the Texas Stars in the AHL so far in his career, was a member of the 2014 Calder Cup Champion team as well as the team that went to the Calder Cup finals last season. Considered to be a hard-worker, Dowling went undrafted in 2011 and had trouble early getting a job, spending a lot of time proving himself in the ECHL before finally getting a shot with the Texas Stars where he’s been a workhorse and leader for the franchise, receiving the captain status at the start of this season after Texas lost Curtis McKenzie to the Vegas Golden Knights in free agency.
Dowling then signed his first NHL deal two years ago, back in 2017, where he is making $650K and $250K this season in the minors. The AHL veteran has scored 13 goals and tallied 47 points in 54 games with Texas this season, but also has gotten some NHL time as well as he has appeared in six games for Dallas.