Stars reportedly increase offer for Hull

Updated: July 30, 2004, 11:43 AM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have reportedly increased their offer to free agent Brett Hull to more than $2 million for one season with the team.

Sources told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News in Friday's editions that Hull is close to agreeing to terms on the pact.

The Stars first talked to their former All-Star wing about returning for a one-year contract in the neighborhood of $1 million, according to the Star-Telegram. But Phoenix reportedly has offered Hull two years at more than $2 million per season with the second year not guaranteed. It would kick in if Hull met performance incentives this season.

Bobby Hull Jr., the player's agent and younger brother, told The Morning News he spoke with Stars general manager Doug Armstrong on Thursday and that the club is "serious about getting Brett."

The agent said he and Hull are scheduled to meet with Armstrong and coach Dave Tippett next week in Frisco to talk about contract details and the veteran right wing's role with the team.

Hull, who has a home in Dallas, said he was "in discussions" with the team but that no agreement had been reached. The scoring right winger has earlier expressed interest in returning to the Stars.

A deal would reunite Hull with former linemates Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen, with whom he played for most of his three-year tenure in Dallas.

Modano, Hull and a few other Stars have worked out in Frisco the last few weeks. Hull and Modano may play on a line at the World Cup in September.

Hull, who will turn 40 next month, produced 25 goals and 68 points last year for Detroit, his 18th NHL season. He ranks third in career goals with 741, trailing only former Red Wings great Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894).

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