Dallas Stars Daily Links: Subban-Weber, Hall-Larsson, Stamkos-Lightning, Mind-Blown
This wasn't all that happened yesterday, but you might not know it. For instance: Seth Jones will stay in Columbus, and Jacob Trouba may get an offer sheet.
What happened yesterday? The unthinkable and the unimaginable, seemingly all at once. The Montreal Canadiens traded Norris Trophy winner and overflowing bucket o' charisma P.K. Subban in a straight-up swap for the league's deadliest shot and one of those other keep-at-any-cost blueliners, the Nashville Predators' Shea Weber. UFA BMOC Steven Stamkos, courted breathlessly by multiple suitors and in line for a potentially record-setting payday, instead took a discount to re-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Yet even those consciousness-altering deals were shaded by the mind-blower that was the Edmonton Oilers sending star forward and former No. 1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defender Adam Larsson – who has shown the promise of being a solid top-four blueliner, but who has yet to deliver in a way that justifies a one-to-one trade for, well, Taylor Hall. [Business Insider via Yahoo Sports]
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli may have just traded the only player who actually wants to stay in Edmonton.
My column on the Taylor Hall trade, as he bitterly leaves what he was building with Oilers https://t.co/o68XBD4tiM #NHL #oilers— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 29, 2016
After the Subban-for-Weber trade, Preds fans aren't sure whether to jump up or throw up. (Jump up, definitely. No, wait...they gotta hurl first.)
BREAKING: Shea Weber Dealt To Montreal In Exchange For P.K. Subban https://t.co/r7VPDyOcFE— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) June 29, 2016
It seems like an appropriate response: The Subban-for-Weber trade may be more equal than you think. [Dobber Hockey]
Stamkos is staying in Florida for eight years and $68 million, because he says he wants to finally win the Stanley Cup with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008. [Tampa Bay Times]
The Tampa Bay Times is excited, kinda.
Front page of Thursday's @TBTimes_Sports. @RealStamkos91 staying w #TBLightning pic.twitter.com/jdKe1REiq1— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 30, 2016
Note for the record: When Stammer says he'd like to stay with the team he's taken to the Eastern Conference finals two years in a row, maybe believe him, at least at first.
Excited to be back for 8 more years @TBLightning ! Here we go .....— Steven Stamkos (@RealStamkos91) June 29, 2016
EVERYTHING HAPPENED AT ONCE, and now the hockey media are left to make sense of it all. Gord Miller has gotten a head start.
Who would have thought that @RealStamkos91 re-signing with Tampa would be the THIRD biggest hockey story of the day?— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) June 29, 2016
Oh please, Canada, make this all about you. [Toronto Star]
And finally, your long read of the day....
A list of reasons why it was smart for the #Habs to trade Subban for Weber: https://t.co/8naSYCAx1K— Eyes on the Prize (@HabsEOTP) June 29, 2016
Have you marked your calendar for the Stars' 2016 Development Camp? Maybe you should: The scrimmage and other on-ice sessions are free and open to the public.
#Stars will hold 2016 Development Camp July 5-9 at DPSC Frisco.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 28, 2016
ROSTER: https://t.co/YdEZ3MObFc pic.twitter.com/mCmrVdmlwI
In his latest 30 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman says Jim Nill is trying to find a way to add Ben Bishop without buying out Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi. [Sportsnet]
Also at Sportsnet: Are the Boston Bruins preparing to offer-sheet Jacob Trouba? Is he worth it? Should they have just kept Dougie Hamilton? Aw, c'mon, guess. [Sportsnet]
Did you really think the Columbus Blue Jackets would risk losing Seth Jones? In the relative quiet before the Edmonton-Toronto-Montréal storm, Plano's favorite son signed a six-year, $32.4 million deal. [Columbus Dispatch]
Six more years!https://t.co/jy7EFWzWWO #CBJhttps://t.co/LcZwWvuWCU— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 29, 2016
The Sports Illustrated staff has done the thing you probably thought someone would do eventually: compare the career paths of Johnny Gaudreau and Johnny Manziel. [SI]
The Leafs still have Auston Matthews, and that may be a pretty good thing, too.
How did Auston Matthews become the NHL's next young star? Well, that's an interesting story: https://t.co/5dFCBGrxcZ pic.twitter.com/t4J47RuGe9— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 17, 2016
Free agency giveth, and it taketh away. In the latest Down Goes Brown, Sean McIndoe chooses the five worst UFA signings of the past 20 years. [The Hockey News]
Finally: No, it wasn't just you. BarDown assembles some of the best trade texts shared on social media yesterday. Enjoy responsibly (some are NSFW).
Fans exchange hilarious #TradeTexts following the crazy NHL trades. SEE THEM @ https://t.co/pP3jDf3nZe pic.twitter.com/B4MqggjwMC— BarDown (@BarDown) June 30, 2016