The time is finally here: the Dalas Stars have to make a decision on John Klingberg’s UFA status.
Okay, they don’t have to decide right now. But they do before July 1st, and what general manager Jim Nill chooses to do will have a lasting impact on the franchise:
“John has an opportunity to be a free agent, and I don’t blame him,” Nill said... “He’ll see what the market is, and we’ll see what the market is, and get a feel for that and see if it’s a fit for both parties. It all depends on term and money.”
For what it’s worth, Klingberg has been open about wanting to stay in Dallas for the past year. But, obviously, it isn’t as straight forward as “I want to sign an extension:”
“At the end of the day, I always want to stay here,” Klingberg said... “This is the only team I’ve been talking to, obviously... on our side, we’ve been trying to find different ways to get it done. Year length, money-wise, just trying to get something we’re both happy with.”
You can read more about from our own Taylor Baird over at the big leagues: [NHL]
More shameless nepotism — David Castillo offers his thoughts about the Stars’ shortcomings in Round 1:
Mike Heika offers some hope from the players looking forward:
And Matthew DeFranks details whether or not Rick Bowness and Jim Nill will be around to see it through:
The Stars were hoping to spend this week playing against Edmonton in the second round of the playoffs. Instead, they’ll spend it charting the course for the future in Dallas.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) May 17, 2022
On Jim Nill and Rick Bowness. https://t.co/kC8Ev65XUS
Around the League
The second round is underway!
- No Point? No problem — the Tampa Bay Lightning took Game 1 against the Florida Panthers with a 4-1 victory. [Litter Box Cats]
- Meanwhile the Colorado Avalanche were able to squeeze out a 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. [Mile High Hockey]
Even with the close Game 1, are the Avalanche Goliath to everyone else’s David?
"How do you beat [the @Avalanche] four times? You almost want to find out. But then you also want them to keep going, since the hockey is so good to watch."— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 17, 2022
Why Colorado is a Stanley Cup Playoffs juggernaut, with insight from players/execs. https://t.co/c0YYz0Cl3i
With the NHL Draft order a bit more clear now, Corey Pronman offers his first mock draft of the summer:
Shane Wright is the No. 1 pick for @coreypronman in his NHL mock draft. But not everyone is sold.— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) May 17, 2022
“This pick will be a debate over the next two months.”
More ⤵️https://t.co/UNv4EdEsNi pic.twitter.com/CjfPBH0g2U
ICYMI, Lane Lambert is the new head coach of the New York Islanders:
"I just focus on doing the best job I can, no matter what my role is, or my position is and you work hard and good things happen."— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) May 17, 2022
Lane Lambert is prepared for his new role as the #Isles newest Head Coach.https://t.co/Hc2bY5ZxbH
And the Vegas Golden Knights fired Peter DeBoer, because LTIR or something:
Might we have seen the end of an era with the Pittsburgh Penguins?
The Pittsburgh Penguins' first-round playoff elimination wasn't just the end of their Stanley Cup hopes for this season.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 17, 2022
It could also be another chapter closing on the most successful era in franchise history.
From @SpectorsHockey: https://t.co/pIolrRcFEs
Speaking of older veterans, what does the future hold for ex-Star Jason Spezza?
Beyond the Core Four, on the fringes of the Maple Leafs roster, there’s another subtle, yet important, question in need of answering. What's next for Jason Spezza? (@SachdevaSonny)https://t.co/aYQo48ZCE4— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 17, 2022
Finally, the Arizona Coyote’s arena situation (somehow) keeps getting weirder: