The Dallas Stars came into the offseason with very specific roster challenges. But most fans probably would not have guessed they’d address them by signing defenseman Ryan Suter and goaltender Braden Holtby.
The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf may have been the first hockey writer to posit that Suter could end up a good fit with the Stars’ narrow and particular needs on defense. He discussed the details of their ultimate deal in his latest article:
The biggest concern with Suter’s deal comes with the term and the NMC, which is the simplest matter to address. Suter is 36 years old and has four children. No matter where he signed this offseason, the full NMC was going to come with it. The way Nill does business, accounting for the human side of things — as with the signings of Joe Pavelski and Andrew Cogliano — Suter getting a full NMC is not a surprise.
The term, on the other hand, is the loudest talking point. Suter was looking for a multi-year deal and he had a few teams, including the Florida Panthers, eyeing his services. If the Stars wanted Suter in Dallas, they were going to have to bend on the term. Suter clearly wanted some long-term security and as a result, the Stars were able to bring the AAV down a bit.
But with the Victory Green Gang’s logjam in goal, what could possibly be the logic in signing yet another NHL-level netminder? Well, it’s pretty much what you might expect:
“The biggest thing is Ben Bishop’s health,” Nill said. “Ben, there’s still no clear resolution to his health. He’s continuing his rehab but there is no clear, as far as his injury, we don’t know when he’s going to play, if he plays. So, we decided we had to make a decision. He’s still rehabbing. The plan is to be ready some time during the season. We don’t know when that’ll be. We just thought it’s too much of a risk to take a chance of counting him into the lineup right now. You get another injury, now you’re in trouble.”
Nill said the Stars will monitor Bishop’s status as the season gets closer in terms of a decision to place him on long-term injured reserve. That determination will be made later. Nill was asked in plain terms in a follow-up question whether Bishop’s issue is career-threatening, not just season-threatening. Nill didn’t shoot down that possibility.
Saad has more – including Nill’s thoughts on pairings, and on John Klingberg (“Our objective is to get him signed”). [The Athletic DFW]
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As busy as the Stars were on Wednesday, they still weren’t done on Thursday.
Free agency giveth, and it taketh away. Defender/forward Mark Pysyk has signed with the Buffalo Sabres.
Fan favorite Taylor Fedun is on his way to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Defenseman Taylor Fedun has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Great guy, always fun to talk with him in the dressing room, back when we could do such things. https://t.co/6HcKEhjrZV— Owen Newkirk (@OwenNewkirk) July 28, 2021
And the guy they probably should have renewed, Andrew Cogliano, returns to California after signing with the San Jose Sharks.
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Has that lovable Bunch of Jerks pulled a jerk move for real? The Carolina Hurricanes now employ Tony DeAngelo, and there are so many questions.
The Hurricanes’ signing of Tony DeAngelo was a choice, and one that could change the perception of the team https://t.co/rSZjv289ww— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) July 29, 2021
Meanwhile, back in the realigned #MurderDeathKill Division, the Stars will probably be looking across at Gabriel Landeskog for the rest of the decade. ...Thanks?
How much has Seth Jones reset the John Klingberg market?
Top AAV for NHL 'D' in 2022-23— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 30, 2021
$11.5M -- Erik Karlsson
$11M -- Drew Doughty
*$9.583M -- Zach Werenski
*$9.5M -- Seth Jones
$9.059 -- Roman Josi
*$9M -- Dougie Hamilton
*$9M -- Cale Makar
$8.8M -- Alex Pietrangelo
*$8.45M -- Miro Heiskanen
*-contract signed in July 2021
That may depend on whether you think Jones a) is a good blueliner who was trapped in a bad system, or b) has fallen off a cliff at the advanced age of 26. [Second City Hockey]
Seth Jones ($9.5M x 8yr newly reported contract) is a very mediocre, big minute defensemen who can add some value on the power play but is below replacement level in most other areas. https://t.co/x6FnKzQD8I pic.twitter.com/boB4DHtnWK— Evolving-Hockey (@EvolvingHockey) July 23, 2021
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