The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with gritty forward Steve Ott.
Ott and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk both confirmed to the Dallas Morning News this morning that the two sides have agreed to the deal, which still needs to be signed by both parties.
"I usually don't like to confirm these things if it isn't signed, but yes, we expect to get it done today," Nieuwendyk told the paper.
Ott, 27, was in the final year of his contract and was scheduled to be come an unrestricted free agent July 1. It was believed that if a deal had not been reached, the Stars would pursue the possibility of trading him.
"You have to study all of your options and you have to do what's best for yourself, but I never wanted to leave here," Ott told the Morning News.
In 389 career NHL games, all with the Stars, Ott has accumulated 51 goals and 85 assists for 136 points, and 778 penalty minutes.
Ott was originally drafted by the Stars in the first-round (25th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
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