Dallas Stars re-sign Roussel to four-year $8m deal

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The Dallas Stars took another huge step in strengthening their lineup for the upcoming season. The organization has successfully come to terms with forward Antoine Roussel.

The new deal sees the 24 year old earn $2m per season for the next four years. Roussel accumulated an impressive total of 29 points. The Dallas Stars have been one of the more active teams throughout this free agency period, having already brought in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.

His skills

Now with Roussel in the lineup, the Dallas Stars certainly have a potent offensive group heading into the season. Roussel has unbelievable speed, exceptional puck handling skills and always seems to be in the right position.

This kid has loads of potential and will fit perfectly on a line with Ales Hemsky or Valeri Nichushkin. Roussel is my idea of a warrior. He’s got size, grit and is determined to do whatever it takes to improve his skills and win games. There is no doubt in my mind that this kid will score 30 goals or more this season. 

Offensive talent

This Dallas Stars team will be one to watch this season. They have plenty of offensive depth with the work they’ve done. They had a short spell in the playoffs last year, so the younger players will be eager to get back into the playoffs this season.

Improvement still needed

The area that I believe this team needs improvement is in the defensive end. The team has a solid anchor in veterans Sergei Gonchar and Trevor Daley. Plus Alex Goligoski continues to improve with every passing season. If the Dallas Stars can sign another veteran defensemen like Shane Obrien or Ed Jovanoski, this team will be well on their way to building a solid defence.

I can’t wait to see how this team will do in the upcoming season. I believe that Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin will be candidates for at least one of the NHL awards this season. If they can get some more solid goaltending from Kari Lehtonen, there is no telling how far this team will go.

Lehtonen tallied 33 wins for the Stars last season and a .919 save percentage. He won two games in the Stars short playoff campaign with a .885 save percentage. I’m excited to see what kind of lines head coach Lindy Ruff will come up with moving forward. One thing is certain, this team has the talent and skill to shoot for the moon this season.

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