The Dallas Stars and General Manager Jim Nill announced today the signing of F Antoine Roussel to a new 4-year contract estimated at $8 million via

The Stars will pay Roussel an annual average of $2 million per year, giving the pugilistic bottom-six forward a hefty raise after showing extreme versatility in his first two NHL seasons.

Roussel had previously filed for an arbitration hearing scheduled for Tuesday, but this new contract negates the request.

Roussel brings value and speed to an already potent offense, and plays massive penalty kill minutes. However, the amount of penalties Roussel took last season, 56 for 209 minutes, is obviously far too many, especially for a heavy checking presence that is vital for a young Stars team.

Roussel scored 14 goals and 15 assists last season, which is pretty solid production for a guy that has had to serve as his team's primary fighter without a traditional enforcer on the roster.

Having signed this deal today, the Dallas Stars can now focus on finalizing contracts with D Brendon Dillon and F Cody Eakin the remaining two restricted free agents on the roster.