One of the things the Dallas Stars discussed with Alex Goligoski when they were negotiating his 4-year, $4.6 million-per-season contract extension was the fact they wanted the defenseman to take on a greater leardership role on the team.
So now that he's a part of the group for the long term, tying for second-longest contract on the team with Loui Eriksson and trailing Trevor Daley by only one year, should we expect him to take on a more veteran leadership role?
That's definitely in his plans, he said.
"That's a role I've always kind of wanted and liked," said Goligoski, 26, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in a trade last February for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. "I definitely think right now I'm at a point where that's a role I can take on, and I look forward to evolving that part of my game."
And to add to the contract discussion, consider this. Defensemen, especially ones that show any hint of puck-moving ability, always sign bigger contracts than you think they will when those contracts carry over into UFA years.
Consider Francois Beauchemin, who has a career high of 36 points and will soon be 32 years old. He recently signed a three-year extension for $3.5 million per. Josh Gorges is more of a shut-down guy, and his extension was six years, $3.9 million per. Tom Gilbert signed a six-year, $4 million per extension in April 2008 for basically his offensive skillset alone, as his defense is not his strong suit.
After the jump, more on today's game against the Anaheim Ducks, I link all the Internets and some people get hockey hugs while others are left to stand in sorrow.
- Matt Fraser, the team's newest addition to the contingent of players who don't look like they have to shave yet, is set to make his NHL debut tonight after being signed as an undrafted free agent last season. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Stars slump has definitely reached disturbing proportions at this point, but general manager Joe Nieuwendyk is trying to keep a level head. [DallasNews.com]
- So where do the Stars stand heading into today? Well.... things definitely could be better, and this story tries to update you on all the various goings on in Stars-world on Monday. [Fox Sports Southwest]
- Razor called his mind vitamins "random hockeyness" this week, where throws a bunch of thoughts out there to see what sticks. I want to see his final one in action, though I don't know which goalie would do it. Maybe Ray Emery? [Razor With An Edge]
- My personal quote of the day goes to new owner Tom Gaglardi. See if you can figure out which one I'm talking about. [Dallas Business Journal]
- Tyler Beskorowany has a new goalie mask, and it is quite cool, especially if you like classic country music. [InGoal Magazine]
- Presented without comment: Tim Thomas decided to skip the Boston Bruins celebratory visit to the White House because, "I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People." [CSN New England]
- On Monday's edition of As The Wheel O' Justice Turns, both Alex Ovechkin and Zbynek Michalek had hearings with the league. Ovechkin was given a three game suspension for a charge/headshot on Michalek while Michalek was neither suspended nor fined for an elbow to the head of Matt Hendricks. [Washington Post/SBNation]
- Does the suspension mean the Washington Capitals captain will skip the All-Star game? He hasn't said anything about it, but speculation is that he might ask out, as discussed in this video clip. [TSN]
- The All-Star game substitutions started coming down in full force today. Jamie Benn will be there representing the Stars, but Dustin Byfuglien, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are out with injuries, while Kris Letang, Jordan Eberle, and Nick Johnson will be in for them. [NHL.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: So have you noticed since general manager Bob Murray put his players on notice that they were essentially all trade bait, the team has gone on a tear? Yeah, that's a strategy that seems to have paid off. [Los Angeles Times]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: This is how our friends at Anaheim Calling saw their most recent game, Sunday's 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. [Anaheim Calling]
- Around the Pacific Division: Taylor Hall and his busted-up face scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 while the Los Angeles Kings rolled over the Ottawa Senators 4-1. [San Jose Mercury News/Yahoo]
- Three amusing links for you today. The first comes to us from Pass It To Bulis, where they've caught on to Ryan Kesler and his new dastardly Keslurking scheme. Warning: It involves cute babies. [Pass It To Bulis]
- Our friends over at Jaspers Rink have come up with my new favorite tumblr feed - One Sad Hockey Player, where we get to think about the sad person who isn't part of the hockey hug. [One Sad Hockey Player]
- And speaking of which, hockey hugs! [Puck Daddy]
- it was a busy day for general manager Joe Nieuwendyk as well, and he talks about how the team is increasing depth at particular positions, how he sees the team at this point and the signing of Alex Goligoski.