If there’s one thing that could keep Dallas Stars fans awake at night, it’s the idea that restricted free agents Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov might get snatched up during free agency. The vehicle for this nightmare: the offer sheet, which would take advantage of the static cap and COVID-related financial pressures to essentially buy the dynamic duo away.
The idea of offer sheets can make for interesting copy, and heaven knows they’re a good troll on Twitter, writes The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro. In the real world, where the sky is blue and gravity is a thing, they’re more or less a non-factor:
In the NHL’s salary cap era, since 2005, there have been nine offer sheets signed by NHL players. It’s only happened four times since 2010, and the Montreal Canadians’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho in 2019 was the first signed offer sheet since 2013. And of the nine offer sheets in the cap era, only one hasn’t been matched by the player’s current team.
In the past decade, there have been more goals scored by goalies (four) than there have been offer sheets signed by players.
Sean takes a theoretical case for Hintz to demonstrate what would have to happen to make an offer sheet work, and suggests that the Stars are much more likely to lose a depth defender than be subjected to this:
If you need further proof offer sheets aren’t going to be an issue, let’s look at the situation around the league. Let’s say someone is going to offer-sheet Hintz with an annual value of $4,363,095, the highest a team can offer while only giving up a second-round pick. If a team wants to exceed that, the Stars would get back a first and third-round pick if they don’t match.
If Hintz signs the second-round offer sheet and the Stars do match, Dallas would be $1,393,459 above the salary cap assuming the above roster with Caamano and Hintz at his new contract. This would create some cap gymnastics, but it’s not the end of the world. It would require the Stars to send either Hanley or Fedun to the minors, and potentially find a way to move Andrew Cogliano or wave him and bury the allowed $1 million of his salary in the AHL.
There’s much more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Radek Faksa would like to be a forever Star like Jere Lehtinen, and there are plenty of fans who would like that as well.
Mike Heika introduces new guy Mark Pysyk, who’s looking forward to the ride.
Around The Leagues
Big money or big term? Alex Pietrangelo talked with the Vegas Golden Knights and said, “How about we do both?” (I guess). Seven years at $8.8 million AAV, plus the full NMC.
"We wouldn’t have gone to these lengths for anyone but a player that we think can do as much for our team as Alex can."— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 13, 2020
Kelly McCrimmon on what Alex Pietrangelo brings to the @GoldenKnights:https://t.co/zQQdBMjb2S
A local man offered a little perspective, days before the deal itself.
The Blues let Brett Hull walk over a no trade clause. Brett fucking Hull.— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) October 9, 2020
They may let Alex Pietrangelo walk over a no movement clause.
Decades. Some teams don’t learn. #stlblues
After all this, the Golden Knights still plan to keep Marc-Andre Fleury, and his salary. Somehow.
McCrimmon says LV is not trading Marc-Andre Fleury. It will be a Fleury/Lehner tandem— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 13, 2020
The Petro deal puts Vegas waaaay over the cap, so they also traded Nate Schmidt for a third-round pick, and a Vancouver Canucks reunion with Jay Beagle and Braden Holtby.
NATE SCHMIDT TRADED— RMNB (@russianmachine) October 13, 2020
REUNITED WITH HIS BOYS https://t.co/GtJWOiRpub
Meanwhile, Canuck-of-convenience Tyler Toffoli is headed to the Montreal Canadiens.
Vancouver is very, very tight against the cap. That said...oh dear.
It seems fair to say, at this point, that the #Canucks chose Jake Virtanen at $3-million rather than Tyler Toffoli at $4.25, and it's just really hard to square that sort of decision-making. This free agent period has proven to be a catastrophe for Vancouver.— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) October 12, 2020
Is it a good sign that even Jonathan Toews isn’t sure what the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to do, or not, or...?
Jonathan Toews said he's surprised the Blackhawks are making big changes to their roster with a focus on young players replacing key veterans. https://t.co/1i16Ef0ZOX— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 11, 2020
Meanwhile, back at the 2020 draft class, Alexis Lafreniere is reporting for work.
Alexis Lafreniere agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers. The left wing, who turned 19 on Sunday, was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. https://t.co/qGEZWFsAEf— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 12, 2020
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
The Idaho Steelheads have a date with hockey. And this time, it’s for real.
BREAKING @ECHL confirms start date for the 2020-21 season in a split-season format. The Steelheads plan to begin a 62-game schedule on January 15, 2021 upon jurisdictional approval.— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) October 9, 2020
Info regarding season tickets will be provided at a later date.https://t.co/5eIHjo2w8x