The Dallas Stars have re-signed RFA left-winger Roope Hintz to a three-year deal worth $9.45 million.
Hintz Blossomed in His Sophomore Season
A 23-year-old Finn out of Tampere, Hintz set career-highs in goals with 19, assists with 14, and points with 33 last season while averaging 14:45 of ice time over 60 games.
The 49th-overall 2015 pick also recorded two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in this summer’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, but missed the final two games of the Cup Final due to injury.
The 6-foot-three, 220 pound Hintz is an intelligent and creative offensive force and a threat on the power play; 14 of his 33 regular-season points came on the man advantage.
Prior to making his debut with the Stars in 2018-19, Hintz spent four seasons in the SM-liiga, two with his hometown Ilves Tampere and two with HIFK Helsinki.
Stars Positioned For Another Deep Run in 2020-21
Dispatched in six games in the Stanley Cup Final by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Stars’ general manager Jim Nill has done his best to retain his core heading into 2020-21 for another shot at hockey’s top prize.
Before re-signing Hintz, Nill re-upped sudden star goaltender Anton Khudobin, centre Radek Faksa, and right-winger Denis Gurianov. He also signed d-man Mark Pysyk to a one-year deal.
With the Hintz signing, the Stars are pretty much right at the $81.5 million cap ceiling. They’re in win-now mode, no doubt.
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