Grading the Stars signing Alexander Radulov to a 5-year deal

The Dallas Stars made the biggest signing of the NHL free agency by signing right winger Alexander Radulov to a 5-year/$31.25 million contract. Radulov was considered one of the top players available in an extremely weak NHL free agent class this offseason. Radulov had a good year for Montreal as he had 18 goals and 36 assists for the Canadiens last season. However, Radulov is 31 years old and he hadn’t even played at the NHL level since 2011 until playing for Montreal last season. Dallas did have a major need for a right winger this offseason, but this signing just feels like a major reach since Radulov had been out of the NHL for so long and this contract will likely take him to the end of his career. The Stars should have just traded for a right winger or found a temporary solution in free agency rather than making a commitment to an aging player that isn’t even very good. Radulov will be an upgrade for the Stars on their first line to go along with star players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. However, the Stars shouldn’t have overpaid for Radulov and they certainly should have given him a shorter-term deal. Radulov could make a big impact for the Stars, but this is just a really risky signing for a player that is 31 years old and still hasn’t proven himself at the NHL level.

Grade: D-

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