The Dallas Stars added one of the top free agents this offseason when they signed Joe Pavelski to a three-year deal. Pavelski has spent his entire career thus far with the San Jose Sharks, but perhaps it was destiny that he ended up in Dallas:
“I loved winners,” Pavelski said... “I grew up liking the Dallas Cowboys. I would jump on the bandwagon, I guess you could say. But there’s something about winning that draws me to it.”
Pavelski is now the oldest player on the Stars’ roster, but don’t let that discourage you. “Captain America” has been a model for consistency throughout his career, and he doesn’t expect that to change any time soon:
“I don’t know what people say their prime is, but some of my best years have been 30-35. There’s no reason that number isn’t going to stretch to 35, 36, and 37 and I believe that,” Pavelski said. “The one knock on me has always been my skating and that I haven’t been as fast as the other guys, but I’ve never felt out of place out there and I’ve always been able to get it done.
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Speaking of the big man himself, happy 35th birthday to the Star’s newest star!
Told you not to worry about arbitration — Jason Dickinson has already signed a new deal:
Martin Hanzal will eventually go on LTIR, but until then the Stars are a bit squeezed for cap space:
After re-signing Jason Dickinson to a 2 year contract at a $1.5M AAV, the #Stars now have $970,001 in projected cap space, with a roster of 22 (13F/7D/2G)— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 11, 2019
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Dickinson avoided arbitration, but don’t be surprised if some of these names make it all the way:
Did you get some weird push notifications from the AHL app the other day? Sean Shapiro found out why:
You likely don't know Ian Bowman or Stewart Zimmel. But you know one, thanks to the AHL app, claims the other threatened to punch him in the throat. Here is the story:— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) July 11, 2019
I thought about making a bad joke to lead into this article, but I think I’ve learned my lesson:
New! My 10 lessons from NHL offseason, the Week in Gritty and the 5 best non-Seinfeld hockey sitcom episodes! https://t.co/8121cSe8py— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 11, 2019
Call me biased, but Miro Heiskanen as a third-pairing defenseman on this team is just an awful take:
If you were the GM of a U-23 Team Europe World Cup of Hockey roster, what would the lineup look like? https://t.co/kEU9vhLHC2— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 12, 2019
Finally, be glad that the Stars don’t have any of the following contracts on the books: