Welcome to the last week of August, Stars fans. August. The worst month of the year by a considerable margin, Breaking Bad not withstanding.
10 days until the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. 12 until the ice breaker event. 16 until the start of training camp. 20 until the first preseason game. 38 until the start of the regular season.
But we're not anxious or anything.
Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News has been passing the time by considering the new-look Stars one at a time. Most recently it's Trevor Daley, and much of his discussion revolves around the idea that the Stars have young replacements coming that could render the veteran the subject of potential trade talk somewhere down the line.
Daley will turn 30 in October and has 621 NHL games under his belt. He has four years left on his six-year contract that averages $3.3 million, and that seems like a pretty fair price for what he has done and where he slots among NHL defensemen. In other words, if you wanted to trade him, you could find another team that wanted him.
But doesn't that mean that you should want him, as well?
So as the "new look" Stars try to figure out what they should keep and what they should replace, Trevor Daley will get a very close inspection this season. There's a chance the Stars do move him elsewhere, but they have to think about why another team wants him. He could be just the missing piece a contender needs to get to the Stanley Cup finals...and that's something the Stars need to consider as they go through their assessments.
Daley has been an object of much scorn throughout his career - More deserved than not early on, but in recent years unfairly. His offensive upside never reached the level some thought was possible but he's been a solid player on some poor teams. One the Stars will need performing well if they're to return to postseason play.
Still, the career trajectories of Kevin Connauton, Jamie Oleksiak and Cameron Gaunce could go a long way toward influencing Daley's.
-After a year off for obvious reasons, the Stars announced last week that their annual "Ice Breaker" event will be back at the Dallas Galleria on Saturday, September 7th. "Select" Dallas Stars players will be signing autographs for two hours. It's usually a fun get together with fans to talk a little hockey while waiting in line. [Stars.nhl.com]
-Anaheim Calling discusses newcomer Mark Fistric, who got a job before Brenden Morrow has. The comment section might be more entertaining, if you like a little schadenfreude. (Who doesn't in sports?) [Anaheim Calling]
-This is a depth chart on the Fox Sports web site. That's all it is. And yet there must be some kind of intelligent design here. It seems unlikely a computer managed to somehow get Seguin and Benn as the #1's in their respective positions. Someone made these choices. They chose to list the right wing depth as "Chiasson, Nichushkin, Cole, Roussel". Which is interesting, because Rich Peverley might turn out to be the team's best right wing depending on usage. Right wing is, by a large margin, the biggest mystery entering the season where I'm concerned. [Fox Sports]
-The number of people playing hockey in the world is rising, accoding to the International ice Hockey Federation. [via Pro Hockey Talk]
-Alex Goligoski uses the dreaded "hard to play against" description while talking about his perception of Lindy Ruff teams in the past. [Stars Inside Edge]
-Japers Rink is talking about the Grabovski signing, but offer this on Mike Ribeiro: "Ribeiro had great production last season, but over half of it was on the power play, and his line was never very good at maintaining possession, no matter who was on it. In fact, almost every player on the team had better possession numbers away from Ribeiro than with him." - Heard that before somewhere... [Japers Rink]
-I've never heard of this "HFLOUNGERS" blog before but they have a pretty lengthy discussion of the Dallas Stars' organizational depth at goaltender that may get the hockey juices flowing a little bit on a Monday in June. [HFLOUNGERS]