Dallas Stars Daily Links: Youth Movement
Miro Heiskanen and Jason Robertson headline a strong young core in Dallas. Plus, how Denis Gurianov can take the next step, contract extensions galore, and more.
The past few seasons, the Dallas Stars have been one of the oldest teams in the league. And that was before they signed Ryan Suter. But they’re uniquely positioned as a team that also has several young stars.
In his annual NHL Pipeline Rankings (players 22 and under), Corey Pronman slotted Dallas at the No. 12 spot, with Miro Heiskanen leading the pack:
He is an excellent skater, which helps him make a lot of defensive stops with his gap work. He can also skate pucks up very well, generating a lot of controlled exits and entries. Offensively he’s very smart, showing top-end ability as a passer and a very hard point shot that can beat goalies clean... No. 1 defenseman for a long time.
Of course, one superstar player can only take you so far. Good thing Dallas has another one in Jason Robertson:
When he has the puck on his stick, he’s dangerous due to his high skill level and great shot. His hockey sense drives his game. He makes a ton of very clever passes, always seems to move pucks into good spots and sets up a lot of chances... Robertson looks like a top-line NHL winger.
You can read up on the rest of the Stars’ youngins in Pronman’s piece here.
He’s no longer quite that young, but Denis Gurianov also has a bright future:
How can Denis Gurianov reach prestige mode? https://t.co/JAybzjIvWV via @NHLdotcom— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) September 1, 2021
Want to possibly be featured in the #MentalMiles documentary? Here’s how:
Mental Miles documentary update pic.twitter.com/i4oEMGZxnA— Jeff Toates (@Toates1) September 2, 2021
Around the League
Turns out it’s hard to trade a $7.5M skater who’s only played in 34 regular season games the past two years:
It's been almost two months since Vladimir Taransenko reportedly requested a trade from the St. Louis #Blues earlier in the off-season.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 1, 2021
Despite weeks of speculation, however, the 29-year-old winger is no closer to changing teams, writes @SpectorsHockey: https://t.co/FVKiw9TVJT
Speaking of the St. Louis Blues, they locked up Colton Parayko to an eight year, $6.5M AAV contract:
BREAKING NEWS! Colton Parayko has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with the Blues. #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) September 1, 2021
The Chicago Blackhawks also extended a defenseman, inking Connor Murphy for four years at $4.4M AAV:
MORE‼️ MURPH‼️— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) August 31, 2021
Connor Murphy inked an extension and is staying put in Chicago. #Blackhawks https://t.co/0LtqLBfqI1
Still more signings — the Buffalo Sabers gave Casey Mittelstadt a three year, $2.5M AAV deal:
Mitts is back! 🙌— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 2, 2021
We have re-signed forward Casey Mittelstadt to three-year contract with an AAV of $2.5 million.
Details: https://t.co/rkpGTzfsrg pic.twitter.com/FLHTU2Wmrg
Meanwhile the New York Islanders decided to announce all of their offseason moves in one fell swoop:
#Isles Transactions: Anthony Beauvillier, Casey Cizikas, Kyle Palmieri and Ilya Sorokin have all agreed to multi-year contracts.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 1, 2021
Team Canada ended their Women’s World Championship drought, as they defeated Team USA in overtime for the gold medal:
ICYMI: @hockeycanada weren't going to let their #WomensWorlds title go away without a fight, and kept gold at home with an overtime win by @pou29.— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) September 1, 2021
GAME STORY 👉 https://t.co/PTjNJyJ4Ux pic.twitter.com/J4mAUl4OZ7
Finally, let’s end things on a more somber note.... again:
It's nearly been 10 years since 44 people on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's KHL hockey team were killed in a tragic plane crash.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 1, 2021
The memories of those lost will never be forgotten.@Proteautype recounts the horrible day:https://t.co/ZICtsnxvZE