Three years and $21 million are nothing to sneeze at – but money and term were just part of the package the Dallas Stars offered to secure the services of San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.
Sean Shapiro has some interesting details about how the Stars made Captain America an offer he couldn’t refuse – starting with a longstanding connection to a front-office fixture:
[Senior Director of Communications Tom] Holy’s name was mentioned in Pavelski’s conference call, discussed on his radio appearance with my colleague Bob Sturm and mentioned by Stars head coach Jim Montgomery when discussing the signing on Monday afternoon. This comes two days after I received a text from a source, which was probably lighthearted: “No other team has the Tom Holy connection. You can’t discount that.”...
Pavelski’s family wasn’t on the recruiting trip, but they were also a focus for the Stars. Pavelski’s son Nathan is a big fan of Dude Perfect, a Dallas-based group that makes trick shot videos on YouTube. The group made a video for the Pavelskis saying they were hopeful that Joe would sign in Dallas, a gesture that went over rather well with Nathan.
Sean also detailed how buyouts – both their own and those of other teams – enabled bargain-bin deals with forward Corey Perry and blueliner Andrej Sekera:
While they’ll be taking in larger weekly checks from the Ducks and Oilers, both Perry and Sekera should be motivated after effectively getting dumped because of contracts their prior employers felt they couldn’t live up to.
Perry missed most of the 2018-19 season due to a knee injury, came back a bit earlier than expected and struggled in 31 games, registering just 10 points. Sekera tore his Achilles before last season and only played 24 games with the Oilers. He did play seven games with Slovakia this spring at the IIHF World Championships, a showing the Stars scouted and used to gauge his effectiveness after the injury issues.
The moves are possible because the Stars bought out the final year of Valeri Nichushkin’s contract, saving $2.25 million in cap space. With Pavelski on board, it became clear Nichushkin had to be axed for Dallas to add players.
There’s more behind the paywall – including Jamie Benn’s pitch to Perry, more on the Tyler Pitlick - Ryan Hartman deal, and the first appearance of new assistant coach John Stevens. [The Athletic DFW]
Speaking of the Stars’ new coach, here’s the official word on his hiring.
The Dallas Stars have hired John Stevens as Assistant Coach. Stevens spent the last nine seasons as part of the Los Angeles Kings coaching staff, the last two of which were as Head Coach. https://t.co/sSVLXu2QAu— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 1, 2019
The organization seems confident that Perry and Sekera can prove their worth to both the team and its fans.
Why the Stars are confident veteran signees Andrej Sekera, Corey Perry will bounce back from injury-riddled seasons @MDeFranks | #GoStars https://t.co/PQF55cbH6D— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) July 2, 2019
That would be great, because Perry’s deal could end up being worth a lot more than the $1.5 million he signed for.
Corey Perry bonus structure #Stars:— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 2, 2019
$250k: 10 GP
$250k: 20 GP
$250k: 30 GP
$250k: 40 GP
$250k: 50 GP
$250k: Make playoffs + at least 50 GP
$100k: Win 3 rds + play at least half playoff gms
$150k: Win #StanleyCup + play at least half p/o gms
Total: $1.75 mil attainable bonuses
How old is this lineup now? Here’s a starting place.
As of this moment, the Dallas Stars are projected to have 9 players in their lineup who are at least 32 years old.— CapFriendly Depth Charts (@CF_DepthCharts) July 1, 2019
Possibly Martin Hanzel too, if healthy.
Around The League(s)
Future Central Division rivals the Arizona Coyotes won the Phil Kessel sweepstakes – which means that soon we will see both way too much of him and not nearly enough.
The Penguins traded forward Phil Kessel to the Coyotes on Saturday for forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph. Arizona also received a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and minor league defenseman Dane Birks.https://t.co/igj4kqULl0— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) June 30, 2019
Do you think the Yotes are excited enough? I wonder if they’re excited enough....
Phil Kessel and a Kachina jersey? What a perfect match.— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 2, 2019
Enter the #KachinaKessel Giveaway for a chance to win one for yourself!
→ https://t.co/48jtvI8KUI pic.twitter.com/okwaye4abX
Artemi Panarin has joined the New York Rangers, which means we’ll probably be seeing “Breadman on Broadway” headlines for the next seven years.
Bread Man Gets Paid.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 1, 2019
The @NYRangers have signed Artemi Panarin to a 7-year, $81.5M contract. #SigningSeason | #NHLFreeAgency https://t.co/3fL5192i4Q
Former Star Brett Ritchie has landed with the Boston Bruins.
"As far as my game goes, it's more of a physical brand. It's heavy. It's hard to play against."— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 1, 2019
Here's everything you need to know about new Bruins' winger Brett Ritchie: https://t.co/StkC69qBfI
The Florida Panthers filled the space left by the Roberto Luongo retirement by signing Sergei Bobrovsky to a massive deal.
BREAKING: Panthers agree to 7-year deal with Sergei Bobrovsky. https://t.co/PDz7JcU2FW pic.twitter.com/Dp2ifHKvDN— theScore (@theScore) July 1, 2019
Current and future superstar Sebastian Aho signed a five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet from the Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens sign star Hurricanes' forward Sebastian Aho to offer sheethttps://t.co/a9k4XQZMI1 pic.twitter.com/rwa49cvuNz— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) July 1, 2019
In the no-surprise department, the Canes will almost certainly match the offer.
All signs point toward the #Canes matching the offer, bringing Aho under contract for the next five years.https://t.co/2IY8R0KikH— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 2, 2019
Robin Lehner is on his way to the Chicago Blackhawks, but a controversy is brewing over why he’s no longer with the New York Islanders.
.@RobinLehner opens up about how things went down with the Islanders on his way out and hockey fans will not be happy. MORE @ https://t.co/3bBTKAWBKK pic.twitter.com/zMZyU3iYQA— BarDown (@BarDown) July 2, 2019
Here’s more about the Isles’ move to acquire Semyon Varlamov.
Semyon Varlamov wasn't the first choice, but he's a decent option for Islanders in goal, writes @THNMattLarkin https://t.co/eaP2IZWlQN— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 1, 2019
And here’s an interesting thread on how Palm Springs, California is preparing to become part of Seattle’s NHL organization.
Palm Springs has officially applied for an AHL expansion franchise for the Seattle NHL expansion club.— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) June 27, 2019
It involves the team, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, OVG, and Live Nation.#AHL
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
An important move for the Texas Stars: Landon Bow will be back in goal and the de facto third on the organization’s depth chart in that area.
The Dallas Stars are making moves.— SportsDayDFW (@SportsDayDFW) July 1, 2019
– Sign goalie Landon Bow
– Hire John Stevens as assistant coach
– Read #GoStars https://t.co/KrG9rj75vR
The team also brought back defender Reece Scarlett and brought over center Tanner Kero.
A busy day for the Dallas Stars got even busier!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) July 1, 2019
Reece Scarlett returns to the Stars and Tanner Kero comes over from the Canucks organization.
Read: https://t.co/0XwWN4laGt pic.twitter.com/URtTY26c4V