Stars to host St. Louis Blues in preseason opener

The Stars and Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract that will pay Stars defenseman Alexander Radulov $2.6 million this season, according to general manager Jim Nill.

The contract, which will become an NHL contract once finalized, will be the first of two deals Radulow signs in 2018.

The first will be a two-year contract that is worth $3.669 million, the Stars’ primary compensation for the 27-year-old defenseman.

The second deal, worth $2 million, will come in the form of a one year, two year contract worth $4.25 million, with Radulw’s signing contingent on him remaining with the Stars through the 2018-19 season.

Radulows first full season with the Blues was 2011-12, when he had 13 goals and 45 points.

The Stars have yet to announce Radulws signing status.

Nill said he expects Radulowski to be a solid addition for the Stars, adding, “We’re really excited about him.

We know that he’s an aggressive player who plays a physical game.

We also know he’s a really smart player.”

Raduloow, a native of Finland, made the move to the United States as a teenager to play in Finland’s top league, Liiga, where he had 12 goals and 46 points in 69 games.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Radulowsky was drafted by the Stars in the fourth round (No. 107) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

He has scored 17 goals and added 26 assists in 55 career games with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Blues are set to play their first preseason game on Thursday night when they host the Nashville Predators at St. Paul’s United Center.

The Blues will face the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night at St Louis’ Amalie Arena.

The two games will be broadcast on NHL Network.