Dallas Stars Rumors: Matt Duchene signing multi-year extension

The Dallas Stars appear to be bringing back one of the top-six forwards as pending free-agent Matt Duchene is reportedly going to re-sign with the hockey club. Look for Duchene to sign a multi-year deal after landing in Dallas last summer on a one-year term.

Duchene turned the 'prove yourself' contract into a very strong season, recording 65 points in 80 games. He'd go on to chip in with another six points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Muskoka native signed a one-year $3-million contract last summer.

The Stars have $19.1 million in cap space to work with, which should be plenty to keep Duchene and bring in a couple of new players. Joe Pavelski is another veteran the team could be re-signing, depending on the future of his playing career.

Dallas is also expected to lose Chris Tanev as they've traded his rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who appear to be set to sign the defensive defenseman to a long-term contract.

As for Duchene, the 33-year-old forward isn't expected to take any calls from other teams as the negotiations with the Stars are apparently close to the final stage of completion. Duchene, staying in Dallas.

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