Stars Sign Alexander Radulov
The Dallas Stars signed right wing Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Radulov’s annual salary-cap hit is worth $6.25 million. That’s up slightly from the $5.75 million he earned on a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens last season.
Radulov, who turns 31 on July 5, returned to the NHL in 2016-17 after a four-year absence, netting 54 points to finish second among Habs’ scorers. He was also their leading scorer (seven points) during the Canadiens’ brief appearance in the 2017 playoffs.
For months, speculation claimed Radulov sought a seven-year contract from the Canadiens for between $6- $7 million per season. Habs GM Marc Bergevin hinted yesterday that Radulov’s agent sought a significant deal but didn’t elaborate. We’ll likely learn soon enough how those demands were to the contract he signed today with the Stars.
It’s expected Radulov will skate on the Stars top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, where his playmaking skills could make that line even more offensively powerful. As a result, the Stars into a consistent powerhouse in the Western Conference and justify that expensive annual salary.
Radulov’s contract, however, pushes the Stars payroll to over $70 million for 2017-18. That leaves around $4 million to re-sign Radek Faksa, Jamie Oleksiak and Brett Ritchie.
The Canadiens will miss Radulov’s offense. They already moved to address his departure, inking oft-injured former Stars right wing Ales Hemsky to a one-year, $1-million contract. At this stage in Hemsky’s career, however, he’s unlikely to suitably replace Radulov’s contributions.
This also likely means right wing Alex Galchenyuk, subject of recent trade chatter, will be retained by the Canadiens.