The Dallas Stars signed Martin Hanzal from the Minnesota Wild to a three year contract worth $14.25 million. This past season with the Wild and Arizona Coyotes, Hanzal had 20 goals (a career high) and 19 assists for 39 points.
A center from Pisek, Czech Republic, Hanzal struggled defensively in 2016-17. In 71 games, he was a career worst -17. This past season he also had 53 penalty minutes, five power play goals, nine power play points, two game winning goals, 169 shots on goal, 767 faceoff wins, 145 hits, 58 blocked shots, 31 takeaways and 30 giveaways. Hanzal also had career highs in faceoff wins and blocked shots.
Hanzal was drafted in the first round, 17th overall, by the Coyotes in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He spent his entire career in Arizona before being traded to the Wild at the trade deadline.
Hanzal is one of four key acquisitions by the Stars in the offseason. On May 9, the Stars acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings via a trade and on Monday, the Stars signed right winger Alexander Radulov from the Montreal Canadiens to a five year deal worth $31.25 million. Last season in Montreal, Radulov had a very productive year as he had 18 goals and 36 assists for 54 points. Also off the ice, the Stars brought back head coach Ken Hitchcock. In 1999, Hitchcock coached the Stars to their only Stanley Cup in franchise history.