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Dallas Stars Daily Links: All Quiet on the Tavares Front

The pending free agent center has yet to make his decision. Plus, the Capitals name their new head coach, the Kings sign Doughty for eight more years, and transactions galore!

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Happy Saturday, everyone! As of writing this, John Tavares has still not selected whom he will play with next season, though he does seem to have a few teams ranked above the others:

The Islanders, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs each made a presentation to Tavares during the NHL interview period that began Sunday. The report Friday said the Sharks and Maple Leafs remain the leading contenders, with the Islanders, to sign him.

If he is staying with the New York Islanders and wants the eight-year extension, he has to sign it today. If not, he officially becomes a free agent at midnight tonight. Keep your fingers crossed! [NHL]

Stars Stuff

Gerry Fraley spoke with Ty Dellandrea about the expectations that come with being a first-round pick. [SportsDayDFW]

No more Luds...:

Sean Shapiro dropped some knowledge about his takeaways from development camp:

Jamie Benn is feeling confident in his baseball game after getting that BP session in the other day at the Texas Rangers game:

Around the League

Transaction update:

  • The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed Valentin Zykov to a two-year deal. [NHL]
  • The Florida Panthers agreed to terms with Frank Vatrano on a one-way one-year deal. [NHL]
  • The Los Angeles Kings and Drew Doughty agreed on another eight-year extension, one that will (allegedly) make Doughty a very rich man (terms haven’t been released, but rumors indicate it’s around $11 million AAV). [NHL]
  • The Islanders signed Seth Helgeson to a two-year extension. [CBS Sports]
  • The Washington Capitals kept Michal Kempny from becoming a free agent and signed him to a four-year, $10 million deal. [NHL]

The Capitals have hired Todd Reirden to replace Barry Trotz behind the bench. Reirden served under Trotz for four years behind the bench. The Hockey News coming in hot with the snark in this tweet:

I’m an unabashed Roussel fan, but this seems like a bit of an overpay if it’s true:

And finally, Greg Wyshynski looks at how Doughty’s massive deal impacts the league: