It isn’t 100 percent extension anxiety about Tyler Seguin among Dallas Stars fans this summer – suddenly, we also get to worry about Gemel Smith. The fan favorite cleared waivers on Friday, mere days ahead of his arbitration hearing on Wednesday.
It was clearly a power move by the Stars’ front office, and it seems to have worked. Does Smith still have a case to get a raise from his 2017-2018 salary of $650,000? What are the chances it will be a meaningful one?
At The Dallas Morning News, Josh Lile shares the #fancystats that reveal Smith as a good value even at Brett Ritchie money – that is, $1.8 million for 2018-2019. He also shows the reason why they’re not likely to be useful in making his case:
The data collected by Ryan Stimson and Corey Sznajder shows Smith does many things at a wonderfully high level. The only real negative that shows up is that Smith doesn’t shoot enough. Otherwise? He looks pretty elite.
From Corsica, Smith’s expected goal percentage this past season was 55.34%, second on the Stars behind [Ritchie]. The problem with all of this is that the information isn’t from NHL.com so it isn’t going to be admissible in an arbitration hearing.
Josh looked for the comparable players whose numbers can make Smith’s case for him – and found them close to home, among fellow forwards Ritchie, Remi Elie, and Devin Shore:
All four players are between 22 and 24 years old. They’re all right between 10-12 minutes per night of even strength ice time over the last two combined seasons. Prorated over 82 games all four are at 18-20 points per 82 games at even strength. Smith leads in Points per 60 minutes. He starts more frequently in the defensive zone, making those points generally tougher to get since he has more ice to navigate. He and Ritchie have the highest Corsi For % of the group.
Elie ultimately signed for about what Smith was projected to receive. Shore and Ritchie separated themselves from Smith on special teams, but if you’re Smith you can’t control the way ice time is distributed. You’re also very confident that you’re a better player than Elie, or at least should be confident.
There’s more under the paywall. [SportsDayDFW]
For those still trying to parse out the case, this is how other experts read it:
Another point which shouldn't be forgotten is that if a team claimed Smith, they would also inherit his Arbitration case. So while it doesn't look good, it's not that Smith has no value, but more that most GM's don't need/want to worry about an Arb case that's a few days away. https://t.co/k4LMOTCpvQ— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 27, 2018
Still panicking over the Seguin deal that hasn’t yet materialized? There seems to be a concerted effort to talk the diehards down from the ledge.
Conversation has picked up recently between the Stars and Seguin on a possible extension. Sides been communicating all summer, but more serious talks in the last week. Nill has also said he doesn’t want anyone to panic if there isn’t an extension by opening night.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) July 29, 2018
What are the odds that Anton Khudobin really is an upgrade over Kari Lehtonen?
Over/under: With Kari Lehtonen out, what will #GoStars get out of Bishop-Khudobin goalie tandem in 2018? https://t.co/DJImUgiWJd— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) July 28, 2018
In case you missed it: Jamie Benn is a unicorn, and unicorns make their own rules.
So the burning question across the League is simple - how in the world does @jamiebenn14 play with that!?— NHL (@NHL) July 25, 2018
Anybody else you think has a suspect tape job? pic.twitter.com/A7SZVdCOot
Scott Wheeler placed Miro Heiskanen at No. 7 among NHL drafted prospects under 23 and called it an improvement over his previous assessment. (Some people.)
.@scottcwheeler's Top 50 drafted NHL prospects ranking, 2018 edition: https://t.co/xjXSW8MbyU— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) July 27, 2018
And Victor E. Green is a good dude. Alien. Whatever.
During his visit to @CookChildrens today, @DallasStars mascot @VictorEGreen got the royal treatment in our Mirror Mirror Beauty Salon. He sure is the fairest @NHL mascot of them all! #DallasStars #GoStars pic.twitter.com/dvB6AfsckL— Cook Children's (@CookChildrens) July 26, 2018
Around the Leagues
The Washington Capitals have re-signed RW RFA Tom Wilson to a multiyear, eight-figure deal that includes a modified no-trade clause. Too much? Adam Gretz breaks it down.
Tom Wilson cashes in with $31 million contract with Capitals https://t.co/ClAgq6JNyJ— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) July 28, 2018
The hockey punditry was, well, let’s say bemused and intrigued.
Tom Cruise doing his own stunts in Mission Impossible is like the Washington Capitals signing Tom Wilson to a 6-year, $31M contract: reckless, irresponsible and likely to result in serious injury.— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) July 29, 2018
Another day, another RFA deal: The New York Rangers locked up Blueshirt blueliner Brady Skjei for six years. [TSN]
Brady Skjei (6x5.25) is young but has already put up top-four (maybe even marginal top pair) even-strength results in fairly generous zone usage. pic.twitter.com/oBNagj6c92— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) July 28, 2018
Not all Rangers fans are sold.
Brady Skjei is a defenseman who had 25 points last year, 39 the year before, and just got the Tom Wilson contract— Pat (@pdk_hockey) July 28, 2018
ok now I'm REALLY done
Meanwhile, back at the 2018 NHL Draft, No. 4 overall pick Brady Tkachuk has given himself two weeks to make up his mind.
Brady Tkachuk to announce if he will sign with Senators by Aug. 12— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) July 29, 2018
Sent with @NHL https://t.co/noYOyqMdEy
Elsewhere, No. 7 overall Quinn Hughes is on his way back to Ann Arbor, hoping to avenge last season’s Frozen Four loss to Notre Dame.
HE'S BACK!— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) July 28, 2018
Quinn Hughes announces his return to Michigan!
READ » https://t.co/uNRXs69Rzj#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/I4M1HzUOg1
Brother acts are prominent in the projected 2019 NHL Draft class. Quinn’s brother Jack – already the consensus No. 1 overall – and Julius Honka’s brother Anttoni are among the high-end players taking part in the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase.
In a nutshell, there's a ton of talent at this year's World Junior Summer Showcase. https://t.co/FhRArConnB— NHL (@NHL) July 28, 2018
Corey Crawford has been sidelined with an undisclosed upper-body injury since December 23, 2017. He says he hopes to be ready for training camp, but he hasn’t started skating yet. Are the Chicago Blackhawks in goalie trouble?
Could Corey Crawford miss more time in Chicago? He says he's still not 100 percent. https://t.co/7ybVbLabVb— Pro Hockey Rumors (@prohockeyrumors) July 29, 2018
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars and the San Antonio Rampage get their rivalry on early in 2018-2019.
To Surprise of No One, Rampage and Stars Will Play Pair of Preseason Games https://t.co/PjytokzIx6 #txstars pic.twitter.com/I6SeQcg9So— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) July 27, 2018
Meet former UMass and Tucson Roadrunners D-man Joel Hanley, who will report to Cedar Park on a two-way contract this season.
One of the AHL's top plus-minus players last season, veteran defenseman Joel Hanley is a new face in a new place that could impact the #txstars this season after signing with Dallas over the summer. pic.twitter.com/tSWsFeCacD— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) July 25, 2018
I thought Mascot Twitter had been too quiet this summer.…
"Ringo why haven't you been on social media at all?!"— Ringo the Ringtail (@TXStarsRingo) July 25, 2018
"What have you been doing all off season?!"...
I've been busy. pic.twitter.com/190RNx7hl8
Yesterday marked a milestone for the great Ted Lindsay, who is now 93 years young. Enjoy this photo of him with the NHL award that bears his name. Happy birthday, Terrible Ted!
Please join the players and NHLPA staff in wishing a happy 93rd birthday to the one and only “Terrible” Ted Lindsay! pic.twitter.com/sydUARnCfV— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 29, 2018