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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars’ Case For Ryan Suter

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The front office is betting that the defender can stay viable as he nears 40. Plus, the Stars’ weekend signings, tracking the preseason rankings, and more

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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.


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