USATSI_8193750_154158418_lowresThe Dallas Stars have done the expected and signed forward Jason Spezza to a four year contract extension worth a reported annual value of $7.5 million.

This will keep the former Ottawa Senator with the Stars through the 2018-2019 season.

The Stars acquired Spezza from the Senators on July 1 in a trade that sent Alex Chiasson and some prospects and picks to Ottawa. At that point, he was in the last year of a seven year deal worth $49 million. He would’ve been set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

It’s clearly in Dallas’ best interests to secure Spezza’s services, at least for the next while. The 31-year-old has 18 points in 20 games thus far this season. His 14 assists are tops on the squad and ninth in the NHL.

“Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas,” said general manager Jim Nill. “The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team.”

Spezza’s presence on the club has proved exciting for Stars fans, who are now looking to reap the rewards of an offensively strong roster. The club has some ground to over thus far, however, as they’re just 7-9-4 in 20 games this season. That said, they’ve got 56 goals-for and have proven their ability to put the puck in the net.

Tyler Seguin leads the club in scoring with 14 goals in 20 games, while Jamie Benn as 16 points in 20 games.

Spezza had shown interest in inking an extension since his arrival in Dallas, so it’s obvious playing for the Stars agrees with him on a number of levels.

The two-time NHL All-Star spent 11 seasons with the Senators prior to joining Big D. He skated in 686 games for Ottawa and notched 251 goals, a level of offensive production Dallas certainly has to be hoping for. With the Sens, Spezza was able to top the 65-point plateau six times and had at least 50 points nine times.

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