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Everyone’s thinking about Blake Coleman, but he’s not the only potential UFA target for the Stars. Plus, Game 3 of the SCF is tonight, Stephen Johns continues his #MentalMiles journey, and more.

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There are a lot of unknowns for the Dallas Stars heading into the offseason. Who will be selected in the expansion draft? Will they re-sign Jamie Oleksiak? Does Miro Heiskanen sign a bridge deal or for the long term?

Depending on how the dust settles, the Stars could have some pocket change to use in Free Agency. If so, there’s one name on everyone’s mind: Blake Coleman.

As much as we’ve heard the hometown narrative with Coleman’s potential return to the Metroplex, the Stars simply are a pretty good fit for the veteran forward... He has the versatility to play anywhere on the ice and would also be a boost to the team’s penalty kill. For a defensive team that wants to forecheck aggressively, Coleman is the glove that fits.

Of course, Coleman isn’t the only potential add. There are plenty of other strong, middle six forwards available, such as Brandon Saad:

Saad has bounced around a bit between three teams and has helped each franchise punch tickets to the postseason, so it’s obvious that he makes a difference and can adjust to a new situation... Most of all, Saad is still a productive two-way player who would immediately boost the Stars’ scoring total.

You can read about more prospective Free Agency adds from the other Saad behind the paywall here.


Stars Stories

Stephen Johns is continuing his #MentalMiles journey, and the Dallas Stars Foundation is helping out:

You can help out yourself buying this pretty rad t-shirt:


Around the League

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight. Can the Montreal Canadiens take their first win over the Tampa Bay Lightning?

The eventual end of the series will mark the end of the NHL on NBC. Sean Shapiro looks back on the network’s impact on hockey over the years:

ICYMI, here’s the breakdown of PHWA votes for this year’s NHL Awards, with Per Bjurman casting the sole first place vote for Jason Robertson:

The most recent Jack Eichel news has nothing to do with a trade, but rather his health:

Which team is the ultimate playoff doormat for the eventual Stanley Cup champions? Down Goes Brown investigates:

The Arizona Coyotes have their new head coach:

Finally, Viktor Arvidsson is on his way to California: