The Dallas Stars of the NHL announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to terms with forward Evgenii Dadonov on a two-year contract extension. The $4.5 million extension is a two-year deal to keep the winger with the team through the 2025 season, carrying an average annual value of $2.25 million each year.
Originally drafted in the third round by the Florida Panthers in 2007, Dadonov has amassed 486 regular season games of experience over the course of nine seasons in the league. He’s played in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games as well. The 34-year-old winger joined the Stars back on February 26th in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens. In his first 23 appearances, Dadonov registered a total of fifteen points (3g, 12a) for Dallas. Prior to the trade, he registered 18 points through 50 games with the Canadiens. Before missing the last three games of the Stars’ playoff push due to injury, Dadonov tallied up four goals and six assists, carrying a +5 player rating in postseason play. Extending Dadonov provides the Stars a veteran middle-six presence that can pass the puck around well and create opportunities off of the rush. General Manager Jim Nill had this to say about the contract extension: “Re-signing Evgenii was high on our priority list. He was a key player for us down the stretch, and he elevated his game on the big stage during the playoffs. We’re happy to get a deal done that works for both sides.”
The Dallas Stars 2023-2024 season begins on Thursday, October 12th, versus St. Louis.