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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.

Monday Links: Another Chance to Win

One of the main reasons Anton Khudobin elected to re-sign with Dallas was another chance to win the Stanley Cup. Plus, free agency news, free agency news, and more free agency news.

Dallas Stars Sign Radek Faksa to Five-Year, $16.25M Contract Extension

Worth $3.25M annually, Faksa will be under contract through the 2024-25 season.

Dallas Stars Re-sign Anton Khudobin to Three-Year, $10 Million Deal

The backup goaltender — that stole hearts and kept dreams alive in the playoffs — will stay in Dallas.

2020 NHL Free Agency Open Thread

Free agency comes close on the heels of the draft. Who will be re-signed? Who will be traded?

Why Jake Oettinger Might Be the Best Backup Option for Dallas

He may be young, but the Stars’ 2017 first-rounder is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.

The Window of Opportunity and the Mirage of Depth

The Stars utilized their prospects during the Stanley Cup Final. Heading into the 2020-21 season, there are question marks everywhere, but the window is far from closed.

Off-season Goaltender Targets for Dallas

We take a look at some potential replacements for Anton Khudobin should he not re-sign with Dallas.

Will Anton Khudobin Re-sign with Dallas?

The Stars’ backup goaltender was one of the best stories of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, but that has likely priced him out of Dallas.

Dallas Stars Announce Qualifying Offers

The Stars will retain negotiating rights for Radek Faksa, Denis Gurianov, Roope Hitntz, and Joel L’Esperance.

Lessons to Learn From the Stars’ Playoff Run

The Stars were just two wins away from a Stanley Cup. Here are some lessons they need to take to heart if they want to go the distance next year.