Ex-Star James Neal gets big contract extension from Penguins

A couple notes on former Dallas Stars for your Sunday morning:

*Former Stars left wing James Neal got a big contract extension from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins announced Sunday morning that they signed Neal to a six-year extension worth $5 million per season.

Neal, who was acquired from the Stars along with defenseman Matt Niskanen in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski last season, has 30 goals this season, which ranks third in the NHL.

The Stars signed Goligoski to a four-year, $18.4 million extension last month.

*Former Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman made his debut with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Flyers lost 6-4 to the Penguins, but Grossman had a solid game. He played 18:26, was a plus-one, had eight hits and three blocked shots.

The Stars traded Grossman to the Flyers on Thursday in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 third-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft.