Roope Hintz is staying in Dallas long term.
The Stars announced Tuesday morning that the 26-year-old has agreed to an eight-year contract extension. Frank Seravalli reported shortly after that the deal was worth $67.6 million in total, good for an average annual salary of $8.45 million.
The Stars selected Hintz in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He made his Dallas debut in 2018-19, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 58 games.
Since then, Hintz has become an excellent two-way center for the Stars, playing a key role on Dallas’ front line alongside Joe Pavelski and Jason Robertson. Hintz broke out with a career-high 37 goals and 72 points in 2021-22 and has eight goals and 24 points in 22 games so far this season.
Hintz is currently in the third season of a three-year transitional contract he signed with the Stars in November 2020 following the conclusion of his entry-level contract. He was expected to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2023 with one more year of team control before he could enter the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
The Stars signed Robertson to a four-year deal in October, so they now have two-thirds of their top line under control for the foreseeable future. Pavelski, who turned 38 in July, has a one-year contract worth $5.5 million and will be an unrestricted free agent again next summer.
Other notable restricted free agent deals the Stars will face this summer are 2015 first-round pick Denis Gurianov and 2018 first-round pick Ty Dellandrea.