Stars retain Brett Ritchie: two years, $3.5M

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With expensive, veteran additions such as Alex Radulov and Marc Methot, the Dallas Stars increasingly look like a win-now team. Even so, they still have some players who are entering their early primes.

They locked up one of those hopefuls on Thursday, handing power forward Brett Ritchie to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. That marks a $1.75 million cap hit.

Ritchie, 24, became a full-time member of the Stars for the first season, generating 16 goals and 24 points in 78 games during the 2016-17 campaign. As the 44th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, he’s the kind of big forward who could take another step forward next season.

Most importantly, Ritchie makes faces like these:

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Seems like a keeper.