Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill can basically check off his last major “to do” item of the summer. The club announced that they have re-signed Jason Dickinson to a two year contract that carries a $1.5 million average annual cap hit.

To be honest, it’s lower than I anticipated Dickinson getting. It seemed after his spectacular showing in the playoffs that he’d be closer to the $2 million mark, a salary cap hit that the team would be able to fit into their picture for next season (especially once Martin Hanzal goes to LTIR). But score one for the folks over at Evolving Wild — they predicted Dickinson to get a two-year, $1.4 million contract. It came in at nearly exactly that term and salary.

Last season, Dickinson scored six goals and 22 points, career highs for the young forward. After several seasons bouncing between the AHL and NHL, Dickinson rounded into what the team expected him to be this season. He plays a full 200-foot game, playing well defensively in his own end and finding offensive chemistry in the top six. Dickinson should be a part of the long-term core of the Stars moving forward.