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Stars center Eakin signs four-year contract

by David Satriano /

Forward Cody Eakin signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Friday.

The new contract starts next season and runs through 2019-20. Financial terms were not released, but the Dallas Morning News reported it has an average annual value of $3.85 million.

According to, Eakin has a salary-cap charge of $1.9 million this season, the final one on his current two-year contract.

Eakin, 24, set NHL career highs last season with 19 goals, 21 assists and 40 points in 78 games. He also had six game-winning goals and won 50.8 percent of his faceoffs.

"Cody is a well-rounded player and has the versatility to play in a number of roles," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He has the ability to shut down opponent's top players, win faceoffs and kill penalties, all while producing offensively. Cody has been an important part of our team and will continue to be a part of our core for the next five seasons."

Selected by the Washington Capitals in the third round (No. 85) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Eakin has 46 goals, 61 assists and 97 penalty minutes in 237 regular-season games.

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