After a very quiet follow up to perhaps the busiest four hours of free agency I've ever seen from the Dallas Stars, we can all sit back and start to contemplate just what all this means for the short and long-term future of the team. I'm still trying to find a way to accurate analyze and write just how cunning Joe Nieuwendyk was on Friday with the contracts he awarded; nearly every player -- with the exception of Fiddler -- has something to prove and isn't being overpaid to prove it.
Adam Pardy was a head scratcher for some, especially with his contract, but apparently he's a player that the Stars have had an eye on for a while now. This is becoming a running theme with Nieuwendyk and the Stars; they don't just jump at anyone and they have shown that they'll find a player they like, who they think has potential, and go after them. Alex Goligoski. Matt Fraser. Brenden Dillon.
Hopefully Adam Pardy follows the same path. I know that he was showing signs of improvement this past season and was gaining a reputation as a very decent third pairing defenseman.
We've already discussed at length the job Nieuwendyk did on Friday, but I'm curious to know which player the fans feel was the most important addition. Was it Sheldon Souray, who will provide some much-needed firepower from the point? Michael Ryder, likely to see time on the top line with Mike Ribeiro? Vernon Fiddler, a versatile winger who can play in every situation and does so with physicality and the ability to produce points?
Let's hear what you have to say.