Dallas Stars: Why re-signing Roope Hintz is such a big deal

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With the Dallas Stars worrying about injuries for the upcoming season, they bring back a familiar face in Roope Hintz.

The Dallas Stars announced Monday afternoon they re-signed Roope Hintz to a three-year deal worth $3.15 million annually.

Despite battling through ankle and hip injuries in the postseason, Hintz had a breakout season and was a key player in the Stars rotation. After scoring four goals in the first four games of the season, Hintz finished his second NHL season hitting career highs. He finished with 19 goals, 14 assists, and 33 points.

Hintz was a key player in the Stars’ rotation with his scoring ability. Even though he had spots throughout the season without scoring, his streaky scoring makes him a threat for the next three years. He played both wing and center for the team and gives Dallas the depth they are needing during this tough offseason.

How Hintz Helps Dallas Stars Through Injuries

It was announced recently that the Dallas Stars would be without goalie Ben Bishop and center Tyler Seguin. Bishop got knee surgery and is expected to be out until around April. As for Seguin, he suffered a hip injury that has him sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time.

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Bishop’s injury now leaves the door open for Anton Khudobin to take over as the main goalie and should get plenty of time in the starting lineup. Hintz could play more center with Seguin being out and give them the offense they will be needing. Joe Pavelski will be the other center that will compete with Hintz for the number one spot in place of Seguin.

The playoffs took a major toll on the Stars as they gave it their all to try to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. Multiple players suffered injuries and were banged up during the playoff run. The team needs time to heal up from the playoffs and will hope for a January-February start to the NHL season.

Dallas resigning Hintz keeps their core players on the team in place. The 23-year-old center/wing will be earning plenty of playing time to help the Stars work through Seguin’s injury. It could be a tough start for Dallas without Bishop and Seguin in the starting lineup, but Hintz is ready for the challenge.

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