Happy Monday, everyone! We’ve entered the time of year where NHL content is not exactly plentiful, so the links are a bit abbreviated today. Here we go:S
So far, the offseason for the Dallas Stars hasn’t been extremely splashy, but it hasn’t included any contracts that could really come back to haunt the team later on either. Some of the signings have been a bit strange on the surface, but at least the terms have been reasonable. Gerry Fraley explains that the Stars have actually accomplished some good things so far:
There is one other, little-noticed element. The Stars have stocked up on spare parts, adding three players who can shuttle between the NHL and the minors on two-way contracts and provide depth for the organization.
Read more about Erik Condra, Joel Hanley, and Michael Mersch here.
Around the League
Jared Clinton looks at the top remaining free agents (it’s, uh, not top heavy). [The Hockey News]
Between this and the World Cup, Russia is partying hard right now:
Oh my god navigating a mob as Ovechkin spontaneously carried the Stanley Cup through Red Square is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. pic.twitter.com/Bx9oFgOrOv— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) July 8, 2018
Pat Maroon looks like he’s going home. He should wear No. 5:
Or, not quite:
Go #RockTheVote, everyone (I told you content was light today):
THN FAN POLL: Take a moment and make your vote count for the 2018-19 #NHL season. We want to know your trophy predictions for the Stanley Cup, Hart, Norris, Vezina, Calder & more. Results will appear in the @TheHockeyNews 2018-19 Yearbook.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 8, 2018
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