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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Dallas’ Place In The John Tavares Sweepstakes

Like the Hart Trophy, it’s an honor just to be in the race, says Mike Heika. Plus, #TavaresWatch eats hockey Twitter, the Beauts sign Szabados, and more.

NHL: New York Islanders at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars have a franchise 1C in Tyler Seguin. Remarkably, they could be in on another in the form of the New York Islanders’ brightest light, John Tavares.

Mike Heika has been writing about the Stars for long enough that he remembers when another elite forward, Brad Richards, decided to test free agency in 2011:

Richards worked his entire career and was a good soldier, so he felt he earned the right to be a free agent. He felt he earned the right to pick the team he wanted to play for. He felt he earned the right to make himself happy.

And that might be the most important thought to keep in mind when the Stars have a meeting with [Tavares] on Wednesday in California. Tavares, the Islanders center who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has earned the right to pick his next team if he so chooses. He has earned the right to make himself happy. And it appears that one place that might make him happy is Dallas.

That’s a pretty strong statement.

The DBD comment section has dealt in detail with how the Stars might fit Tavares’ predictably huge payday into their salary cap calculations. Heika hits the high points:

Dallas ... would probably not re-sign any veteran defensemen and would rely on players like Gavin Bayreuther and Dillon Heatherington coming out of the minors for depth. But the bottom line is they would add Tavares to an already deep group of forwards and would find a way to make the numbers work on defense.

That would still mean Seguin (who has a salary cap hit of $5.75 million next season) would get a big raise in 2019-20 and the salary cap crunch would get even tighter. But the Stars have some contracts that help make that work. [John] Klingberg is a No. 1 defenseman with a cap hit of $4.25 million. [Ben] Bishop is a No. 1 goalie with a cap hit of $4.9 million. You see that and think they can make all of the numbers work together.

There’s always more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]

More Stars

Whatever the results of #TavaresWatch 2018, it appears that there will be no additional suitors – and a decision could come soon.

Dallas isn’t the only market that offers a post-tax advantage:

In non-Tavares news, Prospect Development Camp gave Riley Tufte and Jake Oettinger a chance to mingle with some local kids attending a camp of their own.

Around the League(s)

Because there’s never an overdose of Tavares news, Dom Luszczyszyn runs some simulations on what the superstar center can (or can’t) do for the six franchises vying for him.

Greg Pateryn to the Minnesota Wild? Elliotte Friedman’s latest post includes plenty of Tavares and non-Tavares UFA speculation.

Also at SN: Rory Boylen looks at 22 players on trade watch this summer, from Corey Perry to Colton Parayko and from Andre Burakovsky to Nino Niederreiter. [Sportsnet]

Are the Buffalo Sabres working on a Ryan O’Reilly trade? Do the St. Louis Blues have the inside track? GM Jason Botterill addresses the rumors.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in on Jack Johnson. Reportedly, they will use some of the cap space freed up in the Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick trades to sign the Columbus Blue Jackets D-man to a “significant” deal.

One of yesterday’s biggest headlines came from the NWHL. Goalie Shannon Szabados, a pioneering player in men’s professional leagues and arguably Hockey Canada’s most important female superstar, has joined the Buffalo Beauts. [Die By The Blade]

It sounds as if Calgary Flames fans will miss Dougie Hamilton most of all.


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