The Dallas Stars have several pending restricted free agents to decide upon this offseason. A couple of them — Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger — are in for a nice payday, but perhaps the most intriguing one is Denis Gurianov.
The 2015 first round draft pick has always been a divisive player, adored by many fans for his offensive flair but a source of frustration for the Stars’ coaching staff:
...there’s often such a divide between those on the outside watching Gurianov and those inside the organization, particularly the coaching staff. The tangible traits you see from Gurianov on the ice can be captivating. They simply stick out more than missed assignments or mental lapses that aren’t always vividly evident in a sport that’s fast-paced and has so many moving parts.
When those lapses happen, though, Gurianov not only hurts himself but he starts to limit the players sharing the ice with him
There’s not really a question as to whether or not the Stars give him a qualifying offer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they plan on keeping him. If the team is ready to move on, they could opt to trade him:
The decision that needs to be made is whether Gurianov is most valuable to the franchise on the ice in a Stars jersey or as a trade chip. The Stars need to make a decision this summer, but that doesn’t have to be the end. It could be a topic worth discussing before next season’s trade deadline or again next summer.
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Over the weekend, Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen won gold with Team Finland at the World Championship:
On Monday, Stars prospect Mavrik Borque scored in overtime to extend the Shawinigan Cataractes’ season:
Mavrik Bourque forces a decider❗️— Canadian Hockey League (@CHLHockey) May 31, 2022
The @DallasStars prospect finds the loose puck as the @Cataractes_Shaw win 3-2 in OT over @quebec_remparts to set up a winner takes all Game 5! #RoadtoMemorialCup pic.twitter.com/2oY8NMnKhf
Similarly, Wyatt Johnston and the Windsor Spitfires staved off elimination to force a Game 7:
WE. WILL. HAVE. GAME. SEVEN.— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) June 1, 2022
Andrew Perrott shows off the #BestOfOHL moves to secure Game 6 for @SpitsHockey sending things back to Windsor for Game 7 of #WSRvsFLNT tomorrow night! pic.twitter.com/4iCOz1Pt8s
Unfortunately, Logan Stankoven’s incredible playoff run — including four hat tricks — is over, as the Kamloops Blazers fell in Game 7:
Luckily for Kamloops, they get to host the Memorial Cup next season. And they'll get to do so with some good players from this roster returning, including Logan Stankoven, who is a finalist for 2021-22 WHL MVP— Derek Neumeier (@Derek_N_NHL) June 1, 2022
Around the League
It was an electrifying game featuring two of the best players in the league, and there’s still more to come:
Both are at the heights of their powers, both play center and they also happen to be two of the best skaters in the league. @THNRyanKennedy sets the stage for MacKinnon vs. McDavid: https://t.co/0jzhDOtRlk— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 31, 2022
It begins. A goaltending battle for the ages. Igor Shesterkin of @NYRangers against Andrei Vasilevskiy of @TBLightning.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 1, 2022
My feature on the two best goalies in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, their history together and what NHL players are saying about them.https://t.co/uiaqNCsgCo
Down Goes Brown offers his thoughts on what teams should takeaway from this year’s final four teams:
New post: With four teams left in this copycat league, it's time for my annual attempt to find three fun lessons to learn from this year's final four.https://t.co/XpFAnxYGUq— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) June 1, 2022
On the other side of the spectrum, the Montreal Canadiens are sticking with Martin St. Louis as head coach:
Speaking of the Candiens, they’re expected to pick Shane Wright first overall in the 2022 NHL Draft, but Corey Pronman has a different player ranked number 1...
Finally, in women’s hockey news, the Toronto Six have a new general manager: