On the heels of signing pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Roman Polak earlier today, the Dallas Stars announced another signing. Restricted free agent-to-be forward Mattias Janmark received a one-year contract extension worth $2.3 million towards the cap this coming season.
At this time of the season, teams start to make signings so that they have a clearer picture of their cap situation as they head into the draft weekend. With that date approaching in just two weeks, and the trade market heating up between now and then, the Polak and Janmark signings help solidify Dallas’ roster for the coming year.
Janmark scored 6 goals and put up 25 points in the 2018-2019 season playing in a variety of lines. He saw some time in the top six and a good portion in the bottom six. He never really seemed to find a consistent groove this season, constantly cycling between linemates as injuries and roster changes dictated. They could have contributed to his disappointing goal scoring this past season — Janmark was a consistent 15+ goal scorer in his first two full NHL seasons, disrupted by a career-threatening degenerative knee condition.
He was utilized a lot in a penalty killing role this season, and was part of the second unit killing penalties behind Radek Faksa and company. The Stars did finish the season with one of the top penalty kill rates in the league with Janmark doing some yeoman’s work in the shorthanded time.