Stars Avoid Arbitration Hearings
Both Mark Fistric and Richard Bachman will not be headed to arbitration hearings, as both players signed one year deals with the Dallas Stars. Bachman signed a one-way deal worth $625,000, meaning his tenure as the backup has been assured. Fistric's deal is worth $1.45 million, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Both of these deals signify low risk, high reward type contracts. Andrew Raycroft is (thankfully) out of the picture making way for Bachman to step into the backup role. Kari Lehtonen has one year left on his deal until he becomes a UFA, so both Lehtonen and Bachman will expire at the same time.
Fistric's signing locks up a solid group of defensemen, including potential newcomer Brenden Dillon. Many Stars defensemen have long-term contracts except for Fistric. The completely defensive-minded defenseman will be seeking another contract at season's end.
As explained previously, the Stars have had the ability to negotiate with both parties before the arbitration hearings at the end of this month.
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