The deal every Dallas Stars fan was waiting for finally came to fruition on Thursday, with the club locking up superstar Tyler Seguin for another eight seasons.
It was only two weeks ago that we (well, I) essentially called out the Dallas Stars for seemingly mishandling their current situation with center Tyler Seguin. There had been virtually no news all summer: The clock was ticking down to opening night. Seguin would be going in to his final year in Texas with plenty of wolves licking their chops to nab him in next year’s free agency period. New York Islanders fans can give you the rundown on what that’s like.
Sure, there were rumors. General manager Jim Nill stated at times his desire to finalize an extension before October 4. Of course, things dragged. Eventually, Seguin himself gave a response. It was, uh, gloomy.
But my how the turntables. In a mere 16 days, the Dallas Stars — and their fans — went from full-blown despondent and sure Tyler was headed for bluer waters, to learning that Seguin would in fact remain a Star for what likely amounts to his entire career. Not only that, but the deal is incredibly friendly to boot.
The extension — 8 years/$9.85 million per — is just a tick above what bestie Jamie Benn received in 2016 ($9.5 million) and is actually quite surprising given what happened with John Tavares in July (7 years/$11 million per) and considering Seguin’s production. He popped 40 goals for the first time last season and has scored 72 or more points in all five years with Dallas. He’s also still a baby at 26.
Perhaps Tyler’s little chat with the media sent management into a full-blown fright — and with Halloween right around the corner as well. How charming. We’ll never really know for sure. If that was the plan all along, well it worked like a witch’s brew. Hey, as fans though, we can’t complain any longer (I won’t, I promise). We’re all in need of a good exhale at this point.
Oh yeah, and of course the Stars had to announce the deal in glorious fashion. Too bad this didn’t happen yesterday, which as you might know was National Video Game Day.
And here is Seguin himself on the signing: