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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Draft Weekend Wrap-Up

In the wise words of Porky Pig, “That’s All Folks!” The 2019 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone, and the Dallas Stars have now welcomed four new prospects to the organization.

That’s not a lot, but the Stars left the draft content:

“We’re happy,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “We knew we didn’t have a lot of picks going in, but we thought the scouts did a great job with what we had. We love our first-round pick, and I thought who we picked from the fourth round down, we did a good job.”

After taking Thomas Harley with the 18th overall pick, the Stars didn’t have another pick until the fourth round. But while they may be long-shots to make the NHL, it’s still worth getting a bit over-excited over players like Samuel Sjolund:

“He’s a highly-skilled kid. We’re very high on his overall ability,” said Joe McDonnell, the Stars director of amateur scouting. “I think he’s built for today’s game. Really good skater, moves the puck well. He has your typical Swedish skillset, so we are excited about him.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

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Here’s what the Stars’ draft leader, Director of Amateur Scouting, Joe McDonnell, had to say about this year’s selections:

Dallas didn’t make any trades at the draft, but it looks like there’s a market for Julius Honka:

The salary cap for the upcoming season has been set to $81.5 million. That’s, uhh, less than ideal:

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You’ve likely heard about them all by now, but let’s have a rundown of the major trades from the weekend just in case.

First up, the Toronto Maple Leafs were able to hand off Patrik Marleau’s contract, giving up a first-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes to make it happen:

Second, in arguably the biggest trade of the weekend, the Nashville Predators cleared some cap space of their own by trading P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils:

Finally, you’ll never guess what the Tampa Bay Lightning accomplished by trading J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canucks for a first-round pick:

By trading Subban, the Nashville Predators have become the top contender for UFA Matt Duchene. But will they even get him?

Meanwhile, the Leafs have the space to extend Mitch Marner, but that doesn’t mean the young winger won’t keep his options open:

One RFA that won’t consider an offer sheet? William Karlsson, who is set to sign a max term deal with the Vegas Golden Knights:


You probably have draft fatigue by now, but this is still a must-read:

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