Dallas Stars Daily Links: Could Ryan Suter End Up in Dallas?

The defenseman has been linked to the Stars practically since he was bought out by the Wild. Plus, NHL Draft grades, Free Agency rumors, and more.

Free Agency starts tomorrow, and boy does is it shaping up to be an interesting one. Several marquee players are set to hit the market, from Gabriel Landeskog to Doguie Hamilton. And in a flat cap world, no destination is off the table,

For the Dallas Stars specifically, the team needs to replace Jamie Oleksiak — who was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the NHL Expansion Draft — to round up their Top 4. And the most prominent name for the past week has been former Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter:

Suter’s side has made it clear that he wants to play for a contender and wants a multiyear deal. On Monday, The Athletic’s Mike Russo reported that Suter has “multiple multiyear options” to choose from and that “Dallas, Florida and others are still in the mix.”

Russo indicated that Suter would likely fetch a four year deal, and that Suter would likely command a salary in the $3.5-4M range. That kind of deal would be pretty pricey for a 36 year old defensemen, which could hurt Dallas down the road:

Around $4 million is not likely to look good unless Suter is demolishing Father Time... The Stars will need to weigh how much value they see in Suter compared with the other options and if the heightened urgency of a championship this coming season is worth some dead weight down the road.

You can read more about Suter and the Stars’ other potential free agency targets from Saad Yousuf here.

Stars Stories

The Stars have selected qualifying offers to all of their pending RFAs, save for former 2014 14th overall pick Julius Honka. He is finally free:

Dallas landed quite the haul at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, ending up with 10 picks over the weekend:

Around the League

Scott Wheeler felt the Star’s had the second best second day at the draft:

And here’s Corey Pronman’s breakdown of all 223 picks, in which he gives the Stars’ a B+ for their haul:

If might have balked at Suter’s contract earlier, but defensemen are expensive these days — the Winnipeg Jets sent two second rounders to the Washington Capitals for Brendan Dillon:

They’re even expensive to offload! /s

Elliotte Friedman pens his thoughts heading into free agency:

The ESPN+ crew also put on their fortune telling hats and try to look into the future:

Finally, UFA almost always ends up as a disaster for everyone involved, so let’s instead cap off looking at the other end of the spectrum: