Alex Goligoski will probably get a larger role with the Dallas Stars this season.
His new four-year contract extension that averages $4.6 million a season kicks in at the beginning of 2012-13. It makes him the highest-paid blueliner on the team and he will be expected to step up as a result. Goligoski posted nine goals and 30 points in 71 games last season. He averaged a team-leading 3:09 of power-play time per contest, but scored only nine points. The Stars should be better with the man advantage this year with Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney in town and Goligoski can produce when he's confident. Look for him to take a positive step back in the right direction in 2012-13 and assume more of a leadership role with the club.