FRISCO, Texas -- When Jason Spezza was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Dallas Stars on July 1, the veteran center had a pretty good idea he would sign a contract extension with his new team in the near future.
However, Spezza, 31, who spent his first 11 NHL seasons with Ottawa, wanted to table any contract discussion until after he had ample time to get to know not just his new teammates, but the Stars organization.
On Friday morning, Spezza signed a four-year contract that can keep him in Dallas through the 2018-19 NHL season. Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported the average annual value at $7.5 million. Spezza was in the final season of a seven-year contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
"It's an exciting day for myself and my family," Spezza said. "We've been really happy with the team and the organization. It's nice to commit to the team and look forward to the years to come."