Apr 9, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (21) skates against Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) and defenseman James Wisniewski (21) at the American Airlines Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Stars 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars re-sign Antoine Roussel

The Dallas Stars have re-signed restricted free agent forward Antoine Roussel to a four year deal worth $8 million, per TSN. Roussel was among the more underrated forwards in the Western Conference. On a blossoming Stars team, he should be a great complement to the forward core as the team looks to return to the playoffs.

Roussel had a nice 2013-14 season, tallying 29 points in 81 games, but his production goes beyond point production as he is one of the team’s best players without the puck. He is third on the team in On-Ice Corsi behind only Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn — the team’s two most prolific point producers.

By almost every measure, Roussel is the kind of guy who will not only excel in his role on a young, fast team like the Stars, but he will be appreciated for it by those who keep track.

Don’t expect Antoine Roussel to light up the net for 30 goals any time soon, but having scored 14 goals last year while driving possession as well as he did makes him a slam dunk to be a strong contributor to a growing force in the league. Now that the Stars have Roussel locked up for four years at a tidy price, they can turn to their next goal: making it out of the brutal Western Conference.

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