The NHL Draft is over, free agency has gone quiet, and the 2018 offseason stretches as far as the eye can see for hockey lovers everywhere. For Dallas Stars fans, the wait for word on a Tyler Seguin extension is making the summer that much longer and more uncomfortable.
But should it be? Certainly, Seguin himself is saying all the right things, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika:
“My focus is I have another year with the [Stars], so there is no real thought of thinking of other teams or thinking of free agency,” Seguin said. “My focus is getting ready to play this year.”
When asked how he feels about the team, Seguin said: “I love it here. My objective is I want to win a championship here. I love Dallas, it’s home to me. So that’s my No. 1 goal.”
Yet as GM Jim Nill works behind the scenes, the interlocking ecosystem of market-setting salaries comes into play:
[I]f we all believe this will be an eight-year deal, the only question is what the salary level might be. The guess here is that the Stars would like any player interested in signing to not exceed Jamie Benn’s deal of $9.5 million per season.
Is that possible? Would [Erik] Karlsson sign that deal? Will Seguin?....
But all of these deals are connected in some regard. Yes, each player is different, but the history of the league is contracts get compared. So when the Tampa Bay Lightning sign Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year deal at an average of $9.5 million, then you take notice.
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NHL.com’s fantasy staff is assessing every team’s offseason moves – and David Satriano writes that the return of Valeri Nichushkin, and the projected return to form of Jason Spezza, make the Stars “one of the most intriguing teams in the Western Conference.”
Stars aim to end playoff drought with Montgomery as coach https://t.co/sMuIvq33cB— David Satriano (@davidsatriano) July 13, 2018
You’ve probably already read Robert’s write-up, but in case you missed it, Devin Shore has re-upped with a two-year, $4.6 million deal.
The Stars have signed center Devin Shore to a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.3-million per year. https://t.co/R9pAERWeRT— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 13, 2018
And now that 2018 NHL Draft re-entry pick Adam Mascherin has signed a three-year ELC, it would be irresponsible not to speculate about his role next season.
The Stars have signed left wing Adam Mascherin to a three-year, entry-level contract. https://t.co/7GBlmYt7kU— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 13, 2018
Around the League(s)
Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a three-year, $21 million extension, and he let Vegas Golden Knights fans know about it in a video that’s exactly 29 seconds long.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) July 13, 2018
Is the Karlsson Saga going to drag on until training camp? “I don’t think Senators GM Pierre Dorion is in a hurry to make what will be a career-defining trade,” writes Chris Stevenson.
Did a lack of upfront money in the form of signing bonuses sink the Senators chances of extending Erik Karlsson? @CJ_Stevenson with some details: https://t.co/QY40zI76br— The Athletic Ottawa (@TheAthleticOTT) July 13, 2018
Taylor Hall was the 2018 league MVP, but he’d rather have a trophy he can lift with both hands, over his head – and he’d like to get it with the New Jersey Devils.
Taylor Hall has his Hart, now he's ready to take New Jersey to the next level, says @THNRyanKennedy https://t.co/I7f4lcREPO— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 13, 2018
Pro Hockey Rumors wants to know where Max Pacioretty will end up. They think it might be Dallas, and they’ll let you choose that option in this poll.
Poll: Where Will Max Pacioretty End Up? https://t.co/ptFdNWLrBa pic.twitter.com/jR0qBRRfpC— Pro Hockey Rumors (@prohockeyrumors) July 14, 2018
Is it time for the Vancouver Canucks to trust Thatcher Demko? Corey Hirsch says the well-regarded goaltending prospect should get the chance to step up next season.
Do you think Thatcher Demko should get some starts with the Canucks next season?https://t.co/v7J6zRbDGc— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 14, 2018
Former Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks blueliner Simon Després was a star on the rise before a major concussion dragged his career back to earth. Now he’s back from a season in the KHL, and the Montreal Canadiens have invited him to camp.
The Laval native is looking to make an NHL comeback after spending 2017-18 in the KHL. https://t.co/U7ksixnKyU— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 12, 2018
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Mascherin isn’t the only signing expected to bolster the Texas Stars. Undrafted FA forward Samuel Laberge, 21, impressed enough in his rookie season to earn a new contract.
The man who buried the playoff double-overtime winner last season is back for 2018-19. Welcome back Samuel Laberge.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) July 12, 2018
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The T-Stars have also posted a getting-to-know-you video on veteran signee Erik Condra.
Erik Condra is a new face in a new place after signing with the Dallas Stars organization this summer. Learn more about the veteran forward who could have an impact on the #txstars this season. pic.twitter.com/dv20aZCGnd— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) July 13, 2018
Parkour Goalie is the meme you’ve been waiting for all your life. Check out how this player keeps the offseason routine interesting, and enjoy.
Goaltender literally takes off-season workouts to a whole 'nother level. WATCH @ https://t.co/1jwgD9XBWv pic.twitter.com/mUcV5aK5BK— BarDown (@BarDown) July 13, 2018