FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Radek Faksa to a five-year contract, which will run through the 2024-25 season. The five-year contract is worth $16,250,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $3,250,000.
Faksa, 26, recorded 20 points (11-9=20) in 66 regular-season games with Dallas in 2019-20. The center established a new career-high with three power play goals and matched a career-high with three game-winning goals on the season, finished tied for fifth on the Stars in both categories. Faksa finished seventh on the team with 11 goals, while his 20 points during the 2019-20 campaign mark the fourth consecutive season he's reached the 20-point plateau.
He also skated in 19 games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and posted eight points (3-5=8). All three of his goals in the postseason came on the power play, while his three power play markers were tied for fourth in the NHL and first on the team. On the penalty kill, his average shorthanded ice time of 2:17 per game was second-most on the team amongst forwards and he was only on the ice for six power play goals allowed. He also averaged 1:55 of power play time on ice per game and was on the ice for nine power play goals, which was fourth most on the team.
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The center has appeared in 351 career regular-season NHL games, all for Dallas, registering 128 points (60-68=128). He's also made three career trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallying 14 points (6-8=14) in 45 postseason games. Additionally, Faksa has made several appearances on the international stage for the Czech Republic, most recently at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
"Radek has developed into an extremely detailed player and offers our team a mix of size, speed and physicality," said Nill. "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 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Vitkov, Czech Republic was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (13th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.