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NHL Offseason

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Cap Hit for Benn, Seguin Isn’t the Whole Story

Blaming players for negotiated contracts and expecting them to avoid the downside of the aging curve is horseshit. But running an NHL team isn’t easy.

Stars Sign Defender Colin Miller For Two Years, $3.7 Million

In other words, they’re not even trying to get John Klingberg back at this point.

Reports: Stars Sign Mason Marchment to 4 Years, $4.5M AAV

After a breakout season with the Florida Panthers, Marchment cashes in with the Stars.

Stars Free Agency: Seven UFA Defensemen Realistically on Dallas’ Radar

The Dallas Stars don’t have much cap room to bring in a defenseman without giving up assets. That doesn’t mean there aren’t small names who don’t have big value.

So You Want to Play Defense for the Dallas Stars?

Jim Nill has a way of putting together the Stars blueline, and it isn’t particularly friendly to prospects.

Opinion: John Klingberg is Worth Every Penny. Just Not in Dallas’ System

With news that John Klingberg is on the verge of being traded, I’d argue he’s worth what he’s asking for...assuming he was utilized correctly.

Analysis: Who Are The 2021-2022 Dallas Stars?

What can we expect from the Dallas Stars for the 2021-2022 season? Something like their recent successes? Or something like their recent failures? Let’s dig deep to figure it out.

Monday Links: Tufte Training

Riley Tufte has has a slower development path than most, but the 2016 first rounder is making strides. Plus, the top Calder Trophy candidates for this year, the latest signings around the league, and more.

Wednesday Links: Tyler Seguin’s Offseason

Between recovering from both surgery and COVID-19, it’s been quite the abnormal offseason for Seguin. Plus, what to expect from Joe Pavelski this season, NHL trade rumors, and more.

Thursday 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.

Opinion: The Braden Holtby Signing Is A Huge Gamble That May Not Pay Off

The goaltender was signed to bring stability to the Stars’ crease, but he has been drastically outplayed by those already on the roster.

Analysis: Ryan Suter could be a good fit, but it comes with some risk for the Dallas Stars

With Ryan Suter signed for the next four years, the Dallas Stars get their veteran top four defender. He could be a good fit, but it’s easy to see the move going the other way too.

Stars Sign Defensemen Andreas Borgman and Alexander Petrovic

Both players project to be AHL players, bolstering the Stars’ organizational depth on the blueline.

Stars Sign Goaltender Braden Holtby to 1-Year, $2M Contract

Holtby joins a crowded crease in Dallas in what is one of the most stunning free agency moves of the day (so far).

Stars Sign Defenseman Ryan Suter to 4-Year, $14.6M Contract

Carrying an AAV of $3.65M, the 36 year old defenseman serves as a replacement for Jamie Oleksiak, who was taken in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Tuesday 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.

Stars Trade Jason Dickinson to Vancouver for 3rd Round Pick

Dickinson was favored to be selected from Dallas by the Seattle Kraken in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft.

Analysis: How Close Are the Dallas Stars to Earning a Rematch with the Tampa Bay Lightning?

By ‘rematch’ I mean a return to the Stanley Cup Finals, but using the Tampa Bay Lightning as the standard to grade them against is a fun exercise with surprising results.

Ben Bishop Agrees to Waive NMC for Expansion Draft

The decision allows the Dallas Stars to protect Anton Khudobin, who would have otherwise been exposed to the Seattle Kraken.

Opinion: It’s a tough choice, but the Dallas Stars should let Jamie Oleksiak walk

Jamie Oleksiak has turned into the player Dallas believed him to be when he was drafted. Why would it make sense to let him walk? That’s the four plus million dollar question.

Analysis: Returning Veteran Forwards Ready for Stanley Cup Push

They’re a year older, they’ve had the summer off, and there are contracts coming off of the books at the end of the year. Is the upcoming season Stanley Cup or bust for the Dallas Stars?

Analysis: Who Can the Dallas Stars Target in this Offseason’s UFA Bargain Bin?

Jim Nill loves landing the big fish. He likely won’t have the cap to do that for the 2021-2022 season. But this offseason’s bargain bin offers plenty of small fish who can play big games.

Analysis: Small Budget, Great Player Era Draws to a Close for the Dallas Blue Line

The Stars need to pay Miro Heiskanen, find him a reliable partner, and prepare for the end of John Klingberg’s team-friendly deal. Where does all of this lead?

Analysis: Baseline Salary Cap issues for the 2021-2022 Dallas Stars

Over the next month, we’ll be evaluating numerous trades and signings. Understanding the Stars’ current cap situation will help us keep grounded in reality.

What a Jack Eichel Trade Proposal Would Look Like for Dallas

Jack Eichel is the hottest name on the market right now. What would it take to get him in Victory Green?

How Could Blake Coleman Fit Into the Dallas Stars’ Plans Next Season?

Blake Coleman seems like the perfect fit for the Dallas Stars next season. He is. But it’s complicated.

Analysis: How Do the Stars Navigate the Known Unknowns in Net?

Dallas has three NHL quality netminders, but there are questions about each. General manager Jim Nill will need all of his jedi skills to navigate his way through this offseason.

Analysis: Between Radek Faksa, and Jason Dickinson, Who do the Dallas Stars Protect?

Joe Pavelski forced the Dallas Stars’ hand. When it comes to Seattle expansion, it’s gonna be either Radek Faksa or Jason Dickinson left unprotected. The decision is, for my money, an easy one.

Can the Dallas Stars Bring Seth Jones Home? How Would a Trade With Columbus Make Sense?

The Dallas Stars aren’t looking to trade for Seth Jones, but maybe there’s a universe where it makes sense to bring Jones home.

Dallas Stars Prospect Rankings: December 2020 Edition

Some new faces help make the organization’s prospect pool the best and most balanced it has looked in quite some time.

A Very Defending Big D Thanksgiving

Curious about what the DBD staff are cooking up on Thursday? Scroll down!

Dallas Stars Sign Julius Honka to One-Year Deal

The Stars’ 2014 first-rounder returns to North America after spending the past year in Finland.