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Stars extend Goligoski for four years, $18.4 million

Jan 23, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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With how well James Neal is playing for Pittsburgh this season, it’s only right to wonder how Alex Goligoski is working out for Dallas after the two were traded for each other last season.

Turns out Goligoski is doing just fine for the Stars as they’ve announced they’ve signed Goligoski to a four-year extension worth $18.4 million.

Goligoski’s extension works out to a cap hit of $4.6 million over the next four years. Goligoski was set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason but will instead stick around in Dallas for what works out to be a $2.8 million raise per year against the cap. Not bad for the former Penguins second round pick out of Minnesota.

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk is putting his faith and money behind the 26-year-old defenseman.  After scoring 14 goals and adding a career-high 46 points last season, the Stars are banking on Goligoski having more big seasons like that in the future.

  1. miketoasty - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Loved Goligoski while he was in Pittsburgh and still happy to see him doing well elsewhere.

  2. jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    with letang on the roster the pens could shed the other puck moving d man and i think it was one of the rare win-win trade situations in this league

  3. killerpgh - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    The Penguins also got Matt Niskanen in that trade. Niskanen has been played very well this season. Gogo had the offensive ability of a top pair d-man but the defensive ability of a 3rd pairing while here in Pittsburgh. Unless he improved since the trade he just got over paid. I haven’t seen much of his play lately so maybe he has improved since the Stars aren’t known for over paying players.

  4. sknut - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Its nice to see Dallas able to extend their players after the bankruptcy and the ownership change.

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