Stars Re-Sign Hard-Hitting Fistric

Seth ViertelCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10:  Mark Fistric #28 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on April 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Stars 4-3 in a shootout.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Mark Fistric was Re-Signed Wednesday by the Dallas Stars to a three-year, $3 million contract. “He is a big, physical presence with a great deal of potential, and he’ll be counted upon to solidify our blue line for the next three seasons," said Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyke. The 6-2, 232-pound defenseman played 36 games for the Stars last season tallying four assists and 66 penalty minutes.

After being sent down for much of last season to improve his game, Fistric played 35 games in the AHL, assisting the Manitoba Moose to the AHL’s Western Conference crown and also the Calder Cup Finals. Fistric later returned to the Stars line-up and averaged around 3-4 hits per game. On March 26th, 2009, he added to this categorie by dishing out 8 hits to the Pacific Division rival, L.A. Kings.

An offensively skilled defenseman he is not, but with his large frame, Fistric's effectiveness is mostly centered around his ability to deliver punishment. A bit on the bulky side, he still skates well and is very agile for his size. At times he has shown inconsistency, but if he stays focused on playing his physical, hard-hitting game, he is very noticeable on the ice. One thing is for sure, if you are an opposing forward hoping to make a move on goalie Marty Turco, he is a definite force to be reckoned with. Throw in a coach like Crawford who demands intensity from his players and you can expect this guy to get every opportunity to unleash his inner Terminator this coming season.