The Stars have already made a splash this offseason by inking goaltender Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5 million contract, but don’t expect that to be the team’s only move. Carolyn Wilke breaks down other options the Stars could pursue this summer.
To start, she takes a look at what else Dallas might do about its goaltending situation—including buy out Antti Niemi.
Going after a guy like Joonas Korpisalo or Philip Grubauer would make a lot of sense. They’re proven backups who have had success when starters go down with injury.
The Stars could also use that late first-round pick on Jake Oettinger, the current starter for Boston University. While he’s not ready to step into the NHL right away, it would at least give them a backup plan for their … backup plan.
Wilke also speculates on what general manager Jim Nill could do to help the blue line.
Again, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Nill make a bold trade to address this concern. Someone like Josh Manson, who will likely be unprotected by the Anaheim Ducks in the expansion draft, would be a fantastic add, as Klingberg and Manson’s current partner, Hampus Lindholm, both love to play a more offensive game.
There’s plenty more at the link. [FanRag Sports]
In his latest Stars chat, Mike Heika broke down the team’s goaltending situation. [SportsDayDFW]
And also from Heika, a look at what Antoine Roussel brings to the table. [SportsDayDFW]
Happy (slightly belated) birthday to Esa Lindell.
What do the Ducks have planned for their offseason? The Hockey News’ Lyle Richardson looks at the possibility of trading defenseman Sami Vatanen, and points out that Dallas could be a good trade partner. [The Hockey News]
If the Ducks shop a defenseman, the Dallas Stars could also become a suitor. Having acquired and signed Ben Bishop as their new starting goaltender, the next priority for GM Jim Nill is bolstering his defense.
Breaking down P.K. Subban’s playoff performance so far. [Sportsnet]
How have the playoffs affected what moves we’ll see during the offseason? [Sportsnet]
And finally, here’s your latest Defining Moment in Stars history.