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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Biggest Questions Heading into Next Season

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From Tyler Seguin’s contract status to Jason Spezza hopefully rebounding, Dallas has several questions as the 2017-2018 season slowly approaches. Plus, contract news from around the league, beer league stories featuring NHLers, and more.

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We’re about three weeks into free agency, which means most teams in the league have finished making their offseason changes and are more or less ready for the next season to start. For better or for worse, the Dallas Stars seem to fall into this category, although there is still a possibility of an eventual Erik Karlsson trade.

But even though the roster is more or less set, there are still plenty of questions up in the air heading into the new season. For instance, what is the status of Tyler Seguin’s contract extension? Should Stars fans expect Jason Spezza to bounce back next season? How will Jim Montgomery adapt to the NHL?

Mike Heika discussed all of these topics and more last night on the NHL Network:


Stars Stories

Looks like Tyler Seguin has been enjoying his summer outside of the rink so far:

Early-round picks always get most of the draft and development buzz, but it’s also worth keeping up to date on potential late-round gems:

Sad news yesterday, as former Stars scout Jim Pedersen passed away. All of us at Defending Big D send our condolences to his family:


Around the League

The Allen Americans of the ECHL have a new NHL partner, switching from the San Jose Sharks to the Minnesota Wild:

Speaking of the Wild, they locked up Matt Dumba for the next five years with a $6 million AAV contract. [NHL]

Dumba wasn’t the only RFA defenseman to get a new contract this weekend: Jacob Trouba got a one year, $5.5 million deal with the Winnipeg Jets. [NHL]

The difference with Trouba is that, unlike Dumba, he went through arbitration. The Jets were looking for only $4 million while Trouba wanted $7 million, which led many hockey fans to roll their eyes when the arbitrator's decision was announced:

Does your favorite team have a true “Number One” center? Well, of course the Stars do, but what about your other favorite team? [The Hockey News]

On that note, the Pittsburgh Penguins are currently facing a rather peculiar problem — they have too many centers on the roster currently. [NBC Sports]

Hindsight is 20/20, but honestly some of these were bad calls at the time too:

Down Goes Brown proposes a pretty radical change to five-on-three power plays in his latest Grab Bag. [Vice Sports]

Here’s a pretty cool thread — hockey fans across the internet discuss stories from when they’ve played beer league hockey with professional players. [Reddit]

With the Columbus Blue Jackets looking to maybe trade Artemi Panarin, here are some of the top potential landing spots for the young forward:


Finally...

Monday blues got you down? Here’s a twitter thread from last week that might brighten your day, courtesy of the Dallas Stars: