Dallas Stars sign top draft pick; NHL free-agency pace slows on Day 2

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The Dallas Stars announced Saturday they have signed top draft pick Valeri Nichushkin to a three-year entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old Russian winger was the 10th overall pick in the draft last weekend. He played 18 regular-season games and 25 playoff games last season for the KHL club in Chelyabinsk, his hometown.

Nichushkin scored nine points (six goals, three assists) in the playoffs and was the KHL’s top rookie.

Terms of the deal announced Saturday weren’t released.

Jagr has interest

Jaromir Jagr wants to extend his NHL career, and his agent said some teams are “very interested” in his 41-year-old client.

Jagr might have to wait a while, and the league’s active scoring leader might not be the only free agent without a new job this weekend.

Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, declined to say which teams wanted to sign Jagr.

J.P. Barry, who represents two of the top free agents available, Daniel Cleary and Mason Raymond, expected a relatively slower pace of moves after a flurry on Day 1 of free agency Friday.

Briefly

• Blues: Former Stars center Derek Roy agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Roy, 30, split last season between the Stars and Vancouver.

•  Oilers : Edmondton re-signed gritty forward Ryan Jones to a one-year contract.

Winnipeg signed defenseman Adam Pardy, who played in 17 games last season with Buffalo.

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