The Dallas Stars tweeted today that they’ve signed defenseman Alexander Petrovic to a one-year, two-way deal. CapFriendly reports that the contract will pay Petrovic the minimum $750K in the NHL and $325K in the AHL.
Petrovic, 29, has not played in an NHL game since 2018-19, though he has produced in the AHL in the meantime. Once a highly-regarded defenseman with the Florida Panthers, Petrovic combines size, skating, and offensive ability, but not to the level of an everyday NHL defenseman. The Stars likely see him as a strong AHL depth option should they suffer a streak of injuries.
Dallas is deep on defense, especially after the addition of Ryan Suter, and has no shortage of size or skill. However, where they are weak is on the right side. On paper, Petrovic would technically be the second-best right-handed defenseman on the roster behind John Klingberg.