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NHL Offseason

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Free Agent Profile: Jake Gardiner

Gardiner is the top defenseman on the market, but will he be too expensive for Dallas?

Monday Links: Draft Weekend Wrap-Up

The Stars didn’t make many picks, but left the draft happy. Plus, the major trades from the weekend, free agency updates, and more.

Free Agent Profile: Corey Perry

Recently bought out by the Ducks, Perry is one of the more intriguing UFA forwards on the market.

Free Agent Profile: Richard Panik

Surely even more valuable for all the puns you can make with his name?

Three Times a Bridesmaid and Never a Vezina Trophy Winner

Can we call for a recount?

Free Agent Profile: Anton Stralman

Stralman seems to be a popular UFA target for Dallas, but would the defenseman be a good fit?

Free Agent Profile: Matt Duchene

One of the top prizes on the soon-to-be-UFA market comes with some warning lights.

Free Agent Profile: Gustav Nyquist

With money to spend this offseason, Gustav Nyquist is a player the Stars will want to target.

Free Agent Profile: Jordan Eberle

No one seems to be talking about him, but Eberle is one of the best options on the market for a top-six forward.

Free Agent Profile: Artemi Panarin

If the Stars want to be a true Cup contender, they might as well swing for the fences.

Matching Minors: The Ins and Outs of a Potential Mats Zuccarello Contract for the Dallas Stars

Is Zuccarello the best target for the Stars? And if so, what would a contract look like? Wes and Robert are here to argue about just that, and probably more.

The Dallas Stars as Game of Thrones Characters

The North Stars Remember...

Some Final Thoughts Before the Season Opener

There is plenty to be excited about when it comes to the 2018-19 Dallas Stars.

Under the Radar: RFA Trade Targets

With Erik Karlsson traded to San Jose, Stars fans have set their sights on Artemi Panarin. But the team would do well to look into two unsigned RFAs as well.

Why You Should Believe in the 2018-19 Stars

It’s hard to have much optimism after two playoff appearances in the past ten years, but there’s still plenty of reason to believe in this team.

Upgrade or Downgrade? The Stars’ Offseason Additions

Let’s compare each new player to a departing one and determine if the Stars have improved during the offseason.

Why Hasn’t a Team Signed Kari Lehtonen?

The goaltender is the only Stars UFA who has yet to find a new team this offseason.

Systems Update: Predicting the Dallas Stars’ Strategy and Tactics Under Jim Montgomery

Jim Montgomery looks like he’ll blend the old school with the new school for the 2018-2019 season. Unfortunately we have to wait and see whether that’s good or bad, but it looks good.

Taking a Look at the Stars’ Defense

What blue line pairings will work best in Dallas with the veteran presence of Stephen Johns and the young guns known as Honka and Heiskanen ready to make a mark?

Roman Polak — A Sound Defensive Signing for Stars

The 32-year-old veteran was not the free agent Stars fans had in mind, but does that mean he was a bad signing?

Friday Links: Why Miro Heiskanen is Off the Table

The Stars seem to be content with trading down for a franchise defenseman in the hopes of developing one themselves. Plus, an injury update for Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber, way too early trophy talk, and more.

Opinion: I believe Erik Karlsson will add to any team, just hopefully it’s not Dallas

Erik Karlsson is a generational talent, a defenseman who has all the tools a team could want. But, the Stars seem to be swinging at a pitch that could either strike them out or put them over top, and I argue the first option is the likely outcome.

Rumors Have Stars As Frontrunner To Acquire Generational Talent Erik Karlsson

Erik Karlsson is part of some trade rumors, and they happen to involve the Dallas Stars.

If the Early Free Agency Moves Are Any Indication, the Stars Still Don’t Trust Their Prospects

Except for signing Anton Khudobin, the Dallas Stars didn’t get better with their free agency signings.

Monday Links: Free Agency Roundup

The Stars signed many contracts yesterday, some more popular than others. Plus, John Tavares finally picked his new team, free agency winners and losers, and more.

Stars Sign Right Wing Erik Condra To One-Year, Two-Way Contract

The AHL and NHL seasoned right winger has inked a deal with the Dallas Stars.

Stars Sign Valeri Nichushkin To Two-Year, $5.9 Million Deal

The prodigal first-rounder returns.

Stars Sign Michael Mersch and Joel Hanley To Contracts

Both players were key contributors in the AHL during the 2017-2018 season with their respective teams.

Stars Confirm Antoine Roussel is Headed to Vancouver

The left winger has agreed to terms with the Vancouver Canucks.

Veteran Winger Blake Comeau Rumored To Be On His Way To Dallas On A Three-Year Deal

Sources say the veteran free agent left winger will join Dallas on a three-year deal at $2.4 million per year.

Friday Links: How a New Diet Improved Ty Dellandrea’s Game

After changing to a gluten-free diet, Dellandrea started to steadily improve across the board. Plus, the backstory of Stars draft pick Jermaine Loewen, loads of free agency talk, and more.

Who Could the Stars Trade Up With at the Draft?

Many fans want Dallas to make a big splash on draft day by trading up in the first, but which teams would be willing to trade down?