So much for our prediction that the Dallas Stars would be patient and on the sidelines on day one of free agency. In just 90 minutes the Stars struck hard and fast, signing three players in the blink of an eye before later shocking everyone with the signings of Michael Ryder and Sheldon Souray.
Reactions on each individual range from elation to utter confusion but one thing is for sure: The Stars have a very different hockey team on their hands this off-season and the opening night roster will be a far cry from October of 2010. At the very least, Dallas fans were spared paying attention to the Brad Richards proceedings because there just wasn't any time available.
Dallas spent just over 11 million toward the cap next season bring their number over the cap-floor to just a shade above $49 million. It is unknown if the Stars are done or if they have any more wiggle room in their budget but the roster is filled out to the point that a trade would be necessary to further alter the makeup.
|Vernon Fiddler||C||3||$5.4 million|
|Radek Dvorak||RW||1||$1.5 million|
|Michael Ryder||RW||2||$7 million|
|Sheldon Souray||D||1||$1.65 million|
|Adam Pardy||D||2||$4 million|
In the coming days we'll be analyzing potential line combinations and lamenting the fact that the most important, interesting training camp in years and years will be happening 2,000 miles away from here in PEI, but for now we're all trying to catch our breath and getting to know these players a little bit.
View the entire roster here, and take note of what this does to Tomas Vincour's chances of making the NHL team and speculate on who the regular healthy scratches will be. Early money is on Jake Dowell but injuries always make things more interesting.
Also of note today: The Stars signed Jordie Benn, D with the Texas Stars to two way, one year deal.
How do you grade Joe and his team's effort today? Do these six players overcome the loss of Brad Richards