Stargazing is a daily assortment of Dallas Stars news, as well as a look at what's happening around the Pacific division and the rest of the NHL.
Lehtinen is one of just three players in NHL history to have won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward three times (also Bob Gainey, 4, and Guy Carbonneau, 3)
Carbonneau, Gainey, Lehtinen. That's a testament to "Dallas Stars Hockey"
Mike Heika recaps the situation heading into free agency:
After signing Jere Lehtinen on Tuesday to a one-year deal, the team has 19 players for about $44 million in cap space (and about $41 million in actual cash). With the NHL's roster limit at 23 players and young fill-ins readily and inexpensively available, the Stars could easily come in under $45 million (actual money spent) when the season starts in October.
With only $4 million to spend, and a backup goaltender and presumed defensive help needed, the Stars will likely be free agency spectators for a while. A possible Jonas Gustavsson signing could further complicate the cap situation, but it's a problem the Stars would like to have at this point.
After the jump: Bouwmeester is off the table, is Dany Heatley finally leaving Ottawa? Was Modano invited back to the Olympics? And what's Jonas Gustavsson waiting for?
Gustavsson's agent Joe Resnick told Hockeycentral "It's highly unlikely we'll commit before 12 noon Wednesday. With so many teams potentially making major changes to their rosters, maybe it's best to wait and watch it unfold first."
Mike Modano was invited to the U.S. Olympic Hockey Camp: [Canadian Press]
What team boss Brian Burke calls the "warriors" who have played nearly every big international hockey event for the United States in the last 15 years looks to have been disbanded, except for one — Mike Modano.
Bob Sturm weighs in on the Stars draft: [D-Magazine]
I love the idea he (Glennie) is a Right Wing, because they are light on that side. I also like the fact that his best attribute is his speed. The Stars just don’t have tons of speed in their line-up, and that will help. The reality is that he is likely not going to be in Dallas until 2011, but anything short of being their top prospect within 12 months would have to be a disappointment from a Top 10 pick. More....
Defending Big D Free Agency Coverage Recap
For your viewing pleasure, here's a roundup of our Free Agency coverage:
- Current roster and budget summary
- A look at free agent goaltenders and defensemen
- Salary cap discussion and possible FA targets
- Free Agent Watch: Jonas Gustavsson
- Free Agent Watch: Sergei Zubov
- Free Agent Watch: Tobias Stephan
Around the Pacific:
San Jose re-signed Rob Blake to a $3.5 million deal, a significant pay cut for the veteran. Considering his age, his production last season, and his relative good health (70+ games played in 7 straight seasons), what does that make Sergei Zubov worth?
- They also cut ties with Marcel Goc. Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said there would be "seven, eight or nine" roster changes for San Jose. [Mercurynews.com]
- The Kings are rumored to be interested in everyone from Gaborik to Havlat, even Hossa. The LA Daily News admits that those prospects aren't very likely. Still, the Kings have some money to spend.
Around the NHL:
Mission accomplished for the Flames, as they wrap up one of the biggest names out there before Free Agency even starts in Jay Bouwmeester. The deal is for 5 years, financials were undisclosed. [CBC]
- Late last night TSN sources reported that Dany Heatley could be headed to Edmonton if he agrees to waive his no trade clause.
TSN also reports the Sedin twins finally got an offer from the Canucks, and say they're taking it "very seriously."
Komisarek to test free agent market. Nothing has gone according to plan for the Habs so far.
- Foxsports.com runs down the list of big FA's to watch tomorrow