By Maximillian C. Burgos | Contributing Writer
Martin Hanzal, a 10-year veteran center, has signed with the Dallas Stars. He has received a three-year, $14.25 million deal.
The 30-year old center played 71 games between the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild last season, scoring a career-high 20 goals. He finished the season with 39 points.
Hanzal was drafted by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the first round as the 17th pick of the 2005 NHL Draft.
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He played most of his career with the Coyotes, only playing 20 games for the Wild this past season.
The Wild picked up Hanzal during the trade deadline, but he could not help the Wild make it past the first-round of the playoffs, scoring only one goal. It was Hanzal’s first postseason appearance since 2012.
In his ten-years, he played 628 games scoring 121 goals (23 of which were game-winning goals) and 205 assists.
Coming into free agency, the Stars were looking to add depth to their team since last year. It was one of the biggest things that plagued their season, contributing to their losing campaign.
Durability is a concern with the gigantic center, who has been plagued with injuries in the past. Last season was the first-time, he had more than 70 appearances since 2010.
Before this past season, Hanzal average 55 appearances in games since 2010. In 2013, he had only 39 games and 37 games in 2015.
Nevertheless, Hanzal is a good pickup to add depth behind the high-scoring tandem of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
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