The Dallas Stars have extended their franchise center Tyler Seguin to the tune of an eight-year mega-deal worth $78.8 million, and an average annual value of $9.85 million. This deal now makes Seguin the highest-paid player on the Stars roster, as he now makes more than Jamie Benn‘s $9.5 million average annual salary. The Stars took to Twitter to post a Mario-themed video to congratulate Seguin on his deal:
Seguin, who will turn 27 years old in January, registered a career-high 40 goals for the Stars last season, to go along with 38 assists. Combined, Seguin’s 78 points were good for second on the team, only one point behind Jamie Benn’s total of 79.
Seguin was drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft. He went on to win the 2011 Stanley Cup with Boston and was then traded to Dallas in 2013. Seguin is a five-time All-Star and has finished as a top 10 goal scorer in four out of his eight seasons.