Ryan Suter and Joe Pavelski have known each other since they were children. The two Wisconsin natives played in the same preteen tournaments and followed similar paths to long and still fruitful NHL careers.
And when Captain America recommends that you join his team, you probably listen. The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks writes about the role Pavs played in the deal that brought Suter to Big D:
Of course, Suter spoke with Pavelski about the Stars. They talked about the makeup of the dressing room. Pavelski extolled the virtues of the team’s youth hockey program, which was a big selling point when Pavelski arrived two summers ago.
“When a guy like him is telling you that all the guys on the team are talking to him saying ‘Hey, you’ve got to get him to sign here,’ that makes you feel great, that makes you feel welcome,” Suter said.
The Stars have made a four-year bet that Suter’s ability to think the game and his commitment to physical fitness will make him one of an elite handful of NHL defenders who stayed productive into their early 40s. DeFranks has stats that suggest it’s not an unreasonable gamble – but it’s a gamble all the same:
Suter does have a penchant for avoiding hits. Across the last three seasons, Suter ranked fourth in the NHL in total ice time. He ranked 596th in hits taken. In the same span, Esa Lindell was eighth in total ice time and Heiskanen was ninth. They ranked 30th and 27th, respectively, in hits taken.
Still, that doesn’t guarantee that Suter will be effective with Dallas as the contract ages. In the league’s history, only seven defensemen 39 or older have played 1,500 minutes in a season. Five of them are in the Hall of Fame, and one is Zdeno Chara. That’s the bet the Stars made.
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
And just in case you wanted to actually see Pavs and Ryan at the Bob Suter Memorial Classic, the Stars have photos.
Last night, @jpav8 and Ryan Suter hit the ice together at the Bob Suter Memorial Classic Hockey Game to raise funds for the Bob @SuterFoundation.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) August 1, 2021
Just a little precursor to what we'll see in Victory Green this fall!
Joe Rosenau pic.twitter.com/hMHgLBfGnC
The front office stayed busy over the weekend by re-signing key Texas Stars players who could see time in Dallas. Colton Point is returning to the net...
The @DallasStars are making a POINT to bring Colton back for another year! He has signed a 1-year, 2-way contract to return to the Stars this season.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) July 30, 2021
Transaction presented by #bluecornharvest pic.twitter.com/PiU9OUGh3P
...and Ben Gleason will continue to shore up the blueline.
Forward Nick Caamano, who played four games with Dallas during the Stars’ 2020 Stanley Cup run, rounds out the set.
They did save some tasks for the actual work week. Matt DeFranks lists them here.
The Stars have three RFAs left to sign: Adam Mascherin, Joseph Cecconi and Jerad Rosburg.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) July 31, 2021
Around The Leagues
The preseason line is in on the #MurderDeathKill Division. Agree/disagree? How strongly?
NHL Central Division pre-preseason poll (predicted order of finish):— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 31, 2021
1. Colorado Avalanche (unanimous)
2. St. Louis Blues
3. Winnipeg Jets
4. Minnesota Wild
5. Dallas Stars
6. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Nashville Predators
8. Arizona Coyotes (one vote short of unanimous)
Meanwhile, the Seattle Kraken haven’t even played a game yet and they’re already in trouble with the league.
The expansion Seattle Kraken have revised their contract with goaltender Philipp Grubauer after the initial deal was rejected by the NHL for violating the collective bargaining agreement.https://t.co/1XDA3AnIGB— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 2, 2021
Marc-André Fleury has said no to retirement and yes to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The NHL is investigating allegations that the San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane gambled on NHL games, because not investigating might cost them money while sex crimes will only cost them money if they do investigate.
We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time. (2/2)— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 31, 2021
On a more wholesome note, former Star (and current Kraken) Jamie Oleksiak is taking a spot of summer vacation, and possibly a beating from his more famous sister.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
If you’re lost without a scorecard during free agency, Stephen Meserve is keeping track of the former Texas Stars who are on the move.
Former #txstars on the move today include:— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) July 28, 2021
Patrik Nemeth, NYR
Sheldon Dries, VAN
Maxime Lagace, TBL
Mattias Janmark, VGK (re-sign)
Gavin Bayreuther, CBJ
More former #txstars moving:— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) July 29, 2021
Dillon Heatherington, OTT
Brian Flynn, NJ
Justin Dowling, VAN
It’s about time someone turned The Many Faces Of Tyler Seguin into a meme template. Well done, Stars. Well done.