Dallas Stars Daily Links: Spezza Opens Up About His Future
The veteran center will continue his NHL career, but it won’t be in Dallas. Plus, Esa Lindell signs an extension, the Bruins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes, and more.
For the first time in his lengthy career, Jason Spezza will hit July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
Granted, there’s still a chance that he re-signs with the Dallas Stars, but it seems that both he and Stars management are on the same page — Spezza will continue his NHL career, but it won’t be in Dallas:
“I think Jason knows where he’s at in his career, we had a good discussion,’’ Stars GM Jim Nill told me on Wednesday. “He asked for my opinion and I said, `Jason, you still have that fire in your belly.’ ... Unfortunately, we’ve got some younger players coming in, and the salary cap, it was just kind of time,” Nill added. “But Jason is still a serviceable player that’s had a great career.’’
So where is the next stop for Spezza? A return to Ottawa is possible, but the veteran center will be sure to cast a wide net. Above all, he wants to join a team where he can serve as an important player:
“After being scratched a few times down the stretch this year, I also want to be somewhere where they want me,” Spezza said. “That’s probably the most important criteria, that I have a role and am able to use my strengths.’’
You can read more from Pierre Lebrun here.
You almost certainly know by now, but the Stars have signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension:
🔒 Lindell is locked up! 🔒— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 16, 2019
The Dallas Stars have signed Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension with an AAV of $5.8M. #GoStars https://t.co/VQs5bMkbKv
Sean Shapiro tackles a heap of offseason questions in his latest mailbag:
Stars Mailbag, Vol. 47: Jamie Benn, offseason thoughts and a way-too-early expansion list https://t.co/IhBFSfjZpI— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 16, 2019
Honestly, if Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin don’t win this award, it’s a crime against hockey:
They're the dynamic duo on and off the ice.@jamiebenn14 and @tseguinofficial are nominated for Best Bromance in the #NHLFanChoice Awards! Vote for them, it's what they deserve.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 16, 2019
Around the League
You should really listen to Robert and I more often:
Bruins Sweep the Hurricanes, Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals https://t.co/XlxSKRVEci— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) May 17, 2019
Lindell has set the bar, so where will other RFA defensemen now land?
After Esa Lindell, who are the leading restricted free agent candidates moving forward?https://t.co/wlITPekljy— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 17, 2019
Here’s a cool piece behind one of the biggest social media stars in hockey:
If you're a hockey fan who spends time on Twitter you have either heard of @FisherJillian or watched one of her videos. @ryan_s_clark takes you behind the scenes with Fisher: https://t.co/zlLtkN73Li— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 16, 2019
These playoffs are wack — don’t try to play Simon Says:
The Wysh List: There's nothing to be learned from the 2019 NHL playoffs https://t.co/GoNPRRRujk— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 16, 2019
Another San Jose Sharks win, another debate about replay:
Another game, another missed call. What's the best way for the NHL to fix it? Hockey writers from The Athletic debate the solutions: https://t.co/JAcW5XgTQb— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 16, 2019