Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Klingberg Quandary

Will he stay or will he go? Plus, what comes next for the Stars, the second round begins, and more.

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]

Stars Stories

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:

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?

With the NHL Draft order a bit more clear now, Corey Pronman offers his first mock draft of the summer:

ICYMI, Lane Lambert is the new head coach of the New York Islanders:

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?

Speaking of older veterans, what does the future hold for ex-Star Jason Spezza?

Finally, the Arizona Coyote’s arena situation (somehow) keeps getting weirder: