As first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Dallas Stars are expected to sign Miro Heiskanen to an eight-year deal worth upwards of $8 million.
Heiskanen becomes Dallas’ highest-paid defenseman, overtaking Esa Lindell’s $5.8-million cap hit. Heiskanen was a pending RFA, but with the 21-year-old proving over the past few years that he’s a star in the making, a long-term deal makes perfect sense for all parties involved.
A third-year NHLer, Heiskanen was unable to help the Stars advance to the playoffs, but his playoff run in 2020 en route to a Stanley Cup final appearance is one most fans won’t forget in some time. In 27 games, Heiskanen had an incredible 26 points to lead all defensemen. In 55 regular season games this year, Heiskanen had 27 points.
Heiskanen’s new deal puts him tied for seventh in the league in terms of cap hit among defensemen, but perhaps the only defensemen ahead of him that may be close to Heiskanen’s game at this point would be Roman Josi ($9.05 million) and Alex Pietrangelo ($8.8 million).