The Dallas Stars scored 44 fewer goals as a team in 2016-17 compared to 2015-16. To address the problem, Stars general manager Jim Nill went to the free agent market this past month to try and provide Dallas with some more offensive punch.
In addition to acquiring Martin Hanzal from the Minnesota Wild via free agency, the Stars signed right-winger Alexander Radulov from the Montreal Canadiens to a five-year contract worth $31.25 million on July 3. Radulov returned to the National Hockey League in 2015-16 after spending the previous four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.
There is no question that Radulov was one of the NHL's most sought after free agents. This past season with the Canadiens, he had 18 goals, 36 assists, 54 points, and was a +10. In 76 games, Radulov had 62 penalty minutes, six power play goals, 16 power play points, two game winning goals, 147 shots on goal, six faceoff wins, 76 hits, 41 blocked shots, 42 takeaways and 52 giveaways.
Radulov began his NHL career with the Nashville Predators. The native of Nizhny, Russia, was the Predators first round draft pick, 15th overall, in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He played his junior career with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He spent three seasons with the Predators before moving on to Russia. With the Stars, he will be expected to complement Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza, and provide additional scoring for the Stars.