DALLAS – The Dallas Stars have won the Fabian Brunnstrom sweepstakes, agreeing to terms on a two-year, entry-level deal with the Swedish forward.
The Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs were also in hot pursuit of the 23-year-old free agent, who went undrafted in the NHL.
“In the end there was no wrong decision for Fabian,” his agent J.P. Barry of CAA Sports told The Canadian Press. “All the organizations were extremely professional in laying out the opportunity for him to play for their club. Dallas was involved from the beginning, and in particular (co-GM) Les Jackson did a good job overviewing the benefits of Dallas.
“When Fabian visited Dallas and got to meet everybody, including the players, he just felt it was the best overall fit for him.”
Barry would not discuss financial details but it’s believed the deal is worth US$875,000 in base salary and could pay up to $2.5 million a season if he reaches all of his bonuses.
Brunnstrom had 37 points (9-28) in 54 games with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League this past season. He recently visited Dallas, Montreal and Detroit before making his decision.