Seguin, Stars agree to 8-year, $78.8M extension
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The Dallas Stars and center Tyler Seguin have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension worth $78.8 million, the team announced Thursday.

The deal carries an average annual value of $9.85 million and will kick in for the 2019-20 season.

Seguin has one more year on his current contract at $5.75 million. His new deal makes him the highest paid player on the Stars, surpassing captain Jamie Benn's $9.5-million yearly wage.

On a league-wide scale, the 26-year-old is set to be one of the highest-paid centers in the league, as only six pivots currently earn $9 million or more per season.

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Seguin's contract saga has been one of the recurring themes of the offseason since he said he was disappointed in a lack of discussions in late August. After voicing his displeasure, the Stars made it clear they intended to work out a deal before puck drop in October.

"I'm thrilled to have this signed going into the season," said Seguin, per the team's website. "Dallas has become home to me and I love this organization. In my time over the last five years with Tom Gaglardi and Jim Nill, it is clear how bad they want to win and have a model franchise. To be a part of that leadership group for the next nine seasons is an honor, and I can't wait to get this season started with my teammates."

Since joining Dallas via trade prior to the 2013-14 season, Seguin has been one of the league's premier producers. Over five seasons, he's amassed 384 points in 387 games, and his 173 goals trail only Alex Ovechkin over that span.

Seguin, Stars agree to 8-year, $78.8M extension
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