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Happy 4th Of July!!: Holidays Open Thread

U-S-A!! U-S-A!!
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From those of us here at Defending Big D, to everyone out there enjoying a hot, toasty and fireworks-free July 4th...we wish you safe travels, hearty meals and many beverages consumed in a plentiful yet responsible manner.

I understand not everyone here is from the States, but it just so happens that July 4th weekend also coincided with the start of free agency. We're taking a bit of break now, but I promise that we'll have plenty to say and write about starting tomorrow.

In the meantime, use this thread as an open discussion forum to discuss the Stars and any other topic from the NHL. Here, I'll throw out some ideas.

Are Brad Richards' and Christian Erhoff's contracts guilty of circumventing the salary cap?

If so, why haven't teams learned from the Kovalchuk fiasco? Or is ten years not as bad as 15?

What player in the minors has the best chance of a prolonged stay in the NHL this season?

Should Jamieson Oleksiak stay at Northeastern, or go play junior hockey?

Why is Rhode Island neither a road...nor an island?

Will Steve Ott approach the 25 goal mark this season? Will Jamie Benn eclipse 30?

Who is the most underrated player on the Dallas Stars?

Have at it folks! Enjoy your day!