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Stars extend Cracknell, ‘a valuable member of our team’

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Adam Cracknell #27 of the Dallas Stars skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 17, 2017 in New York City. The Stars defeated the Rangers 7-6. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Adam Cracknell’s in the midst of a career year -- posting personal bests in games played, goals and blocked shots -- and on Wednesday, Dallas rewarded the gritty veteran forward.

Cracknell has signed a one-year, $675,000 extension, the Stars announced. The deal comes after with the 31-year-old scored seven goals and 10 points through 53 games this season -- averaging just over 10 minutes per night -- and is a nice pay raise, up from the $600,000 he made this season.

“Adam stepped into our lineup this season and established himself as a valuable member of our team,” Stars GM Jim Nill said in a release. “He plays a heavy, physical game and has been steady and reliable for us all season long.”

It should be noted this gives Dallas a forward to expose at the upcoming expansion draft. Nill has several pending UFAs up front -- Patrick Sharp, Alex Hemsky and Jiri Hudler most notably -- and it remains unclear if any will be brought back.

A former ninth-round pick, Cracknell bounced around the league prior to this year, with stops in St. Louis, Columbus, Edmonton and Vancouver.