The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro has made a list of chores the team will tackle, as well as some they may have to take on at the last moment. A new contract for Andrej Sekera may have been as good a place as any to start:
Sekera’s signing likely solidifies the Stars defense for the 2020-21 season and indicates Dallas won’t look into the defensive free-agent market later this month.
The Stars now have all six defensemen who played in the Stanley Cup Final signed for next season, while Taylor Fedun and Stephen Johns are also under contract for next season. The Stars also have defensive prospect Thomas Harley, who could be in the mix to make the roster out of training camp.
He also examines some of the more unexpected contingencies the front office may have to factor into their plans:
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week that the Stars are looking to move a big contract. At this point, I haven’t heard anything internally from the Stars to confirm or deny that, but the franchise may lean toward a pennywise philosophy considering owner Tom Gaglardi’s core businesses have been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
That could also put the Stars in a position to be an ideal target for an offer sheet. In normal times there wouldn’t be much of a chance of the Stars not matching an offer sheet to Roope Hintz, Denis Gurianov or Radek Faksa. But if a team with better financials were to offer a frontloaded contract with more real money in the 2020-21 season, the Stars and Gaglardi might have to have some hard discussions.
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Matthew DeFranks does his own roster review in his latest piece for The Dallas Morning News.
After coming up just short of the #StanleyCup, what's next for the Stars?— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) October 3, 2020
In his Dallas Stars offseason roster breakdown, @MDeFranks looks at who should stay, who should go and possible trade, free agent targets and more! | #GoStars https://t.co/9VlqSJEUGC
Josh Bogorad reflects on the long, strange trip the season became.
“Even knowing how it ended, if you offered up the chance to do it all over again, I'd ask where the line starts.”@JoshBogorad reflects on the memorable season and playoff run that was https://t.co/If7hRG2ZD9— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 3, 2020
Around The League(s)
And all of a sudden, it’s goalie season. With a five-year extension from the Vegas Golden Knights, Robin Lehner plans to stick around in Sin City for a while.
Speaking of the Knights, they’re really going all in on that “golden” part with their new third. Liberace would approve.
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins planning to move Matt Murray? Their new deal for Tristan Jarry may be foreshadowing.
The Penguins have re-signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a three-year contract.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 3, 2020
The contract will run through the 2022.23 season and carry an average annual value of $3.5 million.
Full details: https://t.co/MEtTQ0aOu0 pic.twitter.com/7heuD75OPR
Henrik Lundqvist appears ready to keep trying to win the Stanley Cup, based on his tweet Sunday night.https://t.co/DKGk2Brvyy— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 5, 2020
Meanwhile, here’s where you can find Ben Bishop in the near future.
Matt Larkin lists his top UFAs, from Taylor Hall to Brenden Dillon and from Anton Khudobin to Corey Perry.
It turned out to be a big offseason for Leon Draisaitl, if not the Edmonton Oilers. CBC Sports caught up with him in a new video.
Edmonton Oilers superstar Leon Draisaitl talks about what it's like playing with Connor McDavid, the 2022 Olympics, and soccer star Alphonso Davies https://t.co/HCLQG6GKqo— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 4, 2020
Taking a little downtime with the fam.