The Dallas Stars have signed center Joe Pavelski to a three-year contract worth $21 million and right wing Corey Perry to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. The Stars have also signed defenseman Andrej Sekera to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
The Stars receive:
In Pavelski, a soon-to-be 35-year-old center who has spent his entire 12-year career in San Jose. In spite of his age, Pavelski posted his highest goal total in three seasons (38) in 2018-19 while reaching the 60-point mark for the eighth consecutive season (lockout-shortened 2012-13 not included). Pavelski scored those 38 goals while taking fewer than 200 shots, which is his lowest full-season total of his career (career-high 20.2 S%). That might suggest a goal regression regardless of which team he plays for.
In Perry, a former Hart Trophy winner and 50-goal scorer whose overall production has declined over each of the last three seasons. Perry may still be productive if his injury issues are behind him. He could prove to be a solid value signing for the Stars and a potential bounce-back candidate from the Stars’ middle 6 (although not to his career-high levels).
Pavelski and Perry should provide the Stars with some much-needed scoring depth, with last season’s top line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov more likely to be split up if needed. Beyond the oft-used top line, the scoring dropoff for the Stars is significant. Radek Faksa was the next-highest scoring Stars’ forward with 30 points, although the Stars acquired Mats Zuccarello at the trade deadline and were able to benefit from a strong final month from rookie Roope Hintz (11 points in 14 games). Zuccarello has since signed with Minnesota.
The Stars have been a one-line team for two long, so the Pavelski and Perry signings provide the Stars with scoring depth that they have been missing for so long. Hintz wou