Goligoski excited about four-year, $18.4 million extension

January, 23, 2012
1/23/12
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FRISCO -- Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski was the center of attention following practice Monday morning after news broke that he had just signed a four-year, $18.4 million dollar contract extension.

“I’m excited. Relieved the process is over. It’s really exciting. Four years in a place that I love,” Goligoski said. “We’ve got a good group of guys here. Since the second I got here I’ve felt really comfortable and liked it a lot.”

The 26-year-old, who would have been a restricted free agent at the end of this season, is in the final year of a contract that is paying him $2.75 million this season. The new deal will pay him $4.2 million next season, $4.6 million in the second year and $4.8 million in each of the last two years of the contract.

“I think the key is we view Alex Goligoski as one of our core players. I think the philosophy of our organization is to identify our core players and make sure they are long-term Dallas Stars,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s a great person, he’s well-respected in the locker room and he’s a big part of our team with the minutes he plays and the style of game that he plays. I think it is important to our success.”

The Stars acquired Goligoski from Pittsburgh prior to last year’s trade deadline for left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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