Stars extend C Spezza for 4 years, $30M

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) Two-time NHL All-Star center Jason Spezza signed a $30 million, four-year contract extension Friday with the Dallas Stars.

The deal came nearly five months after the Stars acquired Spezza from Ottawa just before the start of free agency, and keeps the 31-year-old center from becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Spezza has 18 points in his first 20 games in Dallas, with his 14 assists tops among the Stars and ninth in the NHL. He has 705 points (255 goals, 450 assists) in 706 career games since being the second overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft by Ottawa.

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2 S. Crosby, Pit26818
3 T. Seguin, Dal241410
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4t S. Stamkos, TB231310
6t F. Forsberg, Nsh22913
6t M. Giordano, Cgy22616
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Rank Player GAA
1 B. Elliott, StL1.89
2 P. Rinne, Nsh1.92
3 C. Crawford, Chi1.97
4 J. Howard, Det1.97
5 M. Fleury, Pit1.98
6 J. Allen, StL2.00
7 D. Kuemper, Min2.03
8 J. Quick, LA2.05
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10 C. Anderson, Ott2.23
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