The night before the NHL draft always leads to some trade rumors coming out. With all 30 teams' executives and media all in a central location, the rumors seem to be numerous in the lead up to draft day. With this season's shortened offseason, and the closeness of the draft and the start of free agency along with compliance buy out options turning out high profile free agents, there seems to be a lot bigger names out on the rumor mill this summer. Let's take a look at what the Stars have been linked to today.
ESPN's Pierre Lebrun reported this morning that the Stars would be meeting with Vincent Lecavalier today in New York. Lecavalier was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, making him an unrestricted free agent. He becomes the best free agent center on the market, and will garner a lot of attention. The Stars have a need to address center depth for the next season, and John Buccigross tweeted that he sees Dallas as a good fit for him. Nick Kypreos reported that the meeting between Lecavalier and Dallas lasted an hour, and the expectation is Lecavalier could make a decision on a new team as early as next week.
Boston beat writer Sean Hutcheon tweeted later in the afternoon that Dallas and Tampa Bay both had approached the Bruins about young center Tyler Seguin. Seguin, who has been playing wing for Boston, is unlikely to get the opportunity to play center behind David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron (who is expected to sign a long term deal to stay in Boston.) could he be the answer the Stars need for center depth?
Take this one with a very large dose of salt - and remember these are just rumors. Mac Engel tweeted today that some sources are telling him that the Stars could be working on a "super trade" to land Seth Jones, the son of Dallas Mavericks great Popeyes Jones. The trade would reportedly include Loui Eriksson going as part of the package.
Dallas should be considering all options, but without any clear picture on how GM Jim Nill envisions his roster it is hard to determine where there is smoke from a fire and where there is just smoke and mirrors. One thing is for sure: it is going to be an active offseason. Buckle up for the ride.