The Dallas Stars do not have a high season behind them. They had heavy blows from injuries suffered during the season and are hoping to regain new depth with signing contracts with veteran players.
Perry just signed a one-year contract to the value of $1.5 million. This contract is weighing heavy towards a bonus side with the amount of $1.75 million being paid as bonus money should Perry perform according to expectations. This is because Perry himself didn’t have a high season after returning too soon after surgery to his knee due to an injury and thus he only had ten goals from 31 matches. Perry is also not the most influential hockey player in the history of NHL, but the Stars do consider him to be a low-risk addition to strengthen their lineup. The Stars management is expecting that Perry will be able to bounce back to his former glory of being a scorer of 50 goals. Depending on Stars coach, Jim Montgomery’s combination choices for the forward group, Perry will slide in between Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin, Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski.
Since 2003, Perry knew no other NHL home except the Ducks where he has been at since they initially drafted him. Perry also stated that there is nothing wrong between him and his old team and was, in fact, grateful for the opportunities he had there from playing NHL to bringing the Stanley Cup to Florida. They did decide to let him go when his performance was going down, and they bought him out of his last two years of his contract valued at $17.5 million. That way, they felt that they could give both him and the team a better chance to succeed. Now being in the Stars again is a promising turn of events and joining this developing team, was a natural choice for Perry to make.
The future which Montgomery has planned for Sekera is still slightly uncertain. He is a left-handed defenseman and former Edmonton Oiler forward and now being third on the Stars depth chart, with Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell exceeding him. Montgomery does feel stronger with having between seven and eight defensemen from NHL on his team. The uncertainty remaining about Johns and whether he will be returning, lead to stocking up on defensemen by James Nill. Therefore except for the signing of Sekera, Taylor Fedun and Roman Polak were also re-signed. Sekera is also signed to a $1.5 million contract, and the possibility of bonus payouts based on the number of games played as well as postseason performance. This amount for his bonus payouts is set at $500 000. Sekera is also coming from a buyout background, and therefore he got the same kind of deal as Perry, having to prove what can be delivered to earn.
These two players signed indeed a low-risk deal with which the Dallas Stars can either earn excellent delivery or lose out with a minimal price to pay.