Jason Dickinson is heading towards arbitration, with his hearing set for July 20. But don’t be alarmed — negotiations with the Dallas Stars are going well. Dickinson and his agent are just using as much leverage as they can in:
With an early deadline to apply for player-elected arbitration, players and agents have to take full advantage of the system and file, even if negotiations are going well. Having talked to both sides, both Dickinson’s agent and Stars general manager Jim Nill, things are on the right track at the moment. Dickinson would do himself a disservice if he didn’t file; make sure you have a back-up plan until Plan A is set in stone.
Arbitration cases rarely make it to the actual hearing — typically both sides come to an agreement beforehand. Last year, Gemel Smith was one of the few players who did, and the Stars ended up placing him on waivers just a couple of months into the season. But again, don’t be alarmed:
Dickinson’s case is different than Smith’s and I think it’s important to make that clear. While Smith was expected to compete for a roster spot in Dallas, Dickinson is and has been part of Nill’s long-term plan for several years.
You can read more on Dickinson and other topics from Sean Shapiro here.
Another day, another RFA signing. This time, the Stars have re-upped Dillon Heatherington:
The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Dillon Heatherington to a one-year, two-way contract. https://t.co/yMeei1MRlB— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 9, 2019
If I wanted to, I could totally lift as much as Mattias Janmark. I just don’t want to.
When it comes to attracting free agents, winning sure does help:
Mavs and Stars entered free agency together last week.— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) July 10, 2019
Stars ended up with Joe Pavelski, Mavs struck out on all of their top targets once again. There are many potential reasons but Mavs can learn something from the Stars in how to attract free agents https://t.co/1qvgCAoFdl
If the Toronto Maple Leafs had signed the Sedin twins, does that mean Tyler Seguin never becomes a Dallas Stars or a Boston Bruin? It’s quite possible:
Did I say interesting? I meant awful:
While in the NHL, Jokiharju was CHI's best defender at preventing entries, creating zone exits, and best primary shot contributor, all while on his ELC. pic.twitter.com/4GJXFaqCfH— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) July 9, 2019
As someone with family living on the other side of the US, I can empathize with the Hughes family:
Free agency started more than a week ago, but there’s still plenty of talent leftover: