Development camp began yesterday for the Dallas Stars in Frisco for many of the team’s prospects. From first-round draft pick Ty Delleandra to breakout star Colton Point, the camp will give the players time with the Stars and their coaching staff so that they can refine their skills as well as get more familiar with the organization.
No one hit the ice yesterday, instead relying on off-ice testing. Here’s Stars GM Jim Nill addressing the prospects:
"The effort you put in here is going to decide how quick you make it to the NHL." Jim Nill speaks to Dallas Stars prospects on the first day of Development Camp. pic.twitter.com/bLLXy4uKCR— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 25, 2018
In case you want to keep plugged in, here’s the schedule and roster for this year’s camp.
Jamie Benn, Ben Bishop, and Stephen Johns — all baseball players in their youth — spent some time with the Texas Rangers yesterday:
Sean Shapiro has a good writeup on Benn, who had the skill to pursue a professional career in baseball had he wanted to. [The Athletic]
Yesterday was the deadline for qualifying offers for restricted free agents. ICYMI, the Stars qualified everyone, but forward Cole Ully.
The Dallas Stars have issued qualifying offers to seven players, retain their negotiating rights with free agency set to open on July 1. https://t.co/czClVnvLWl— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 25, 2018
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More qualifying offer news — several familiar names are also set to hit the free agency market this July:
Smith-Pelly, Mrazek, and Duclair among those not getting qualifying offers https://t.co/VBlIxA19Us— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 25, 2018
Every year there are some draft picks that seem to go under the radar. Jeff Marek makes a list of some sneakily good picks this year, including one selection by the Stars. [Sportsnet]
Also draft related, Down Goes Brown breaks down how surprising each event of the weekend was:
San Jose and Boston will present to John Tavares tomorrow in LA. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars will deliver their pitch on Wed.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 26, 2018
Using @CapFriendly's "Post Tax Calculator" here's how much each team would have to offer John Tavares to match the reported $88 million deal from NYI.— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) June 26, 2018
VGK/TB/DAL/NSH - $75 mil
BOS - $82 mil
SJS - $97 mil
TOR - $98 mil
State income tax is a big deal.
Joey Alfieri breaks down the pros and cons for Tavares signing with each team on his short list. [NBC Sports]
Finally, everyone wants to sign Tavares if they can, but is the contract they’ll have to give him even worth it?