This past weekend, the Dallas Stars made trade-rumor headlines once again when it was reported that the team is on Artemi Panarin’s shortlist of preferred desinations. James O’Brien made the case for Dallas being the best landing spot for Panarin, mostly because it would make the team incredibly fun to watch:
Adding a dynamic talent like Artemi Panarin wouldn’t just make the Stars better in just about any instance, even if it meant landing him in a trade. It would also make them way, way more fun to watch.
There’s a scenario where the Stars could have one of Benn, Seguin, Panarin, and Radulov on the ice at all times. That’s a grab-your-popcorn scenario.
Of course, we live in a salary cap world, and just like an Erik Karlsson trade, squeezing a Panarin extension in under the cap would be a bit tricky, but doable:
Imagine the juggling act that would be required if the Stars found a way to get Panarin and Seguin on the books from 2019-20 and on; the best-case scenario would probably call for the pairing to cost $20M, as much as management would instead love for Jamie Benn’s $9.5M per year to remain the peak price
You can read more in O’Brien’s piece here.
More Stars News
To pump a little bit of brakes on the idea of Panarin going to Dallas:
1. Stars have long-term cap for Seguin and Panarin, (just like they did for Tavares and Seguin), but will lead to other tough cap decisions 2. This is just players wish list, does not mean CBJ will actually trade him. 3. Based of @Aportzline’s report and the list, he likes NY— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) August 31, 2018
For those of you who like torturing yourself over the lack of a Tyler Seguin extension, the situation headlines Greg Wyshnyski’s Weekly Reader from last Friday: [ESPN]
In case you’re about to go stir-crazy from the lack of hockey, here’s some light at the end of the tunnel:
I know people are waiting for October, but September is here and it ain’t bad.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) September 1, 2018
Sept. 7: NHL Prospect Tournament begins in Traverse City, Michigan.
Sept. 14: Stars training camp opens in Boise, Idaho.
Sept. 18: First preseason game at AAC.
Around the League
The big news over the weekend was defenseman Nate Schmidt getting suspended by the NHL:
Nate Schmidt suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance enhancing drug program. In a statement, the @GoldenKnights say they "strongly disagree" with the ruling.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 2, 2018
Here is Schmidt’s official statement:
For comparison’s sake, here’s a look back at past suspensions for performance enhancing drugs: [NBC Sports]
I always like these little exercises, even if they’re completely pointless:
Here are some point projections for each NHL team this season, and whether you should expect the team to go over or under: [The Hockey News]
Finally, this was a rather enjoyable read, especially since you can make an educated guess at who the coach might be: