left wing Steve Ott
has signed a four-year, $11.8 million contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2013-14 season.
Ott could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The Dallas Morning News first reported the story Monday morning.
has spent his entire NHL career with the Dallas Stars
and we wanted to continue that relationship," said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk
. "He is the type of player that we want on our team. Steve has become a versatile offensive player and he makes us a harder team to play against. We are excited to have him in a Stars uniform for the next four years."
"You have to study all of your options and you have to do what's best for yourself, but I never wanted to leave here," Ott told the Morning News' Mike Heika. "I've always been a part of this team and I want to end my career here."
Ott, 27, was the 25th pick of the 2000 Entry Draft by the Stars. He has 51 goals and 85 assists in 389 NHL games over seven seasons. He is minus-7 for his career but went into the season with a career plus rating.
In 52 games this season, he has 11 goals (4 power-play goals), 12 assists and a minus-13 rating. His 100 penalty minutes rank 23rd in the NHL this season. He's one of only three players with at least 10 goals, 20 points and 100 penalty minutes (the Lightning's Steve Downie
and the Flyers' Scott Hartnell
are the others). He leads the team in penalty minutes and is second in hits with 192.
Last season, he set career highs with 19 goals, 27 assists and 46 points.