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Faksa signs five-year, $16.25 million contract to stay with Stars

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Radek Faksa signed a five-year, $16.25 million contract to remain with the Dallas Stars on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $3.25 million.

"Radek has developed into an extremely detailed player and offers our team a mix of size, speed and physicality," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He plays big minutes on both special teams units for us, while often times playing against the opposing team's best players at even strength. We're thrilled to have him in place for the next five seasons as he is a great teammate and a big part of the Dallas Stars culture."

The 26-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, scored 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 66 games last season and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was unfit to play the final two games of the Western Conference Final against the Vegas Golden Knights and the entire Stanley Cup Final, a six-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's nice that all the hard work pays off and you look back at all of the work you had to do for it," Faksa said. "It's nice that they recognized that and offered me the five-year deal. I'm really happy about it.

"I think the core of the team is really good and I think we can do that again and get to the Finals. Especially me and how I experienced the finals, I want to get back even more and win the Stanley Cup now."

Nill said Friday that Faksa broke his wrist during the series against Vegas. 

"It was really tough because I only missed [three] games during the regular season," Faksa said Monday. "I played three series in the playoffs and I missed the last, most important series in all of it. It was tough just to watch and you cannot help the team. For a few days after the injury, I felt really down and I was so frustrated. I was especially frustrated because we lost the series as well. It was tough for me that I couldn't help the team."

Selected by Dallas in the first round (No. 13) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Faksa has scored 128 points (60 goals, 68 assists) in 351 regular-season games and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 45 playoff games. 

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