Dallas Stars Daily Links: About Those Pending Contracts…

We’re very close to the end of the Dallas Stars’ slowest month of the year! This means that hockey content is slowly but surely starting to refill the tanks.

Dallas Morning NewsMatthew DeFranks turns his last mail bag. His first step was to contextualize the cases of Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson:

It’s been eight years since a Stars restricted free agent entered September without a contract (except for the unconventional 2020 season). During the 2014 season, both Cody Aiken and Brendan Dillon were both signings late as the regular season approached. But since then, the stars have done a great job of getting their act together early on, with Jamie Oleksiak (2017) and Gemel Smith (a questionable option to go to arbitration in 2018) being the only RFAs to even enter August without contract.

That makes waiting for Robertson and Oettinger a little worrisome, doesn’t it? Well, not exactly.

This is how the game is played. Agents and teams do some dancing, as they make their way toward the start of the regular season. The agents want to use boot camp and opening night as leverage. Teams are based on players who don’t want to miss that time on the ice, and then money later.

Something about deal-making deadlines.

Matt has more, including prospect talk, Anton Khodubin’s report, John Klingberg’s post-defense, and why you shouldn’t even consider Patrick Kane right now. [SportsDayDFW]

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Saad Youssef also hits the mail bag. He answers your questions in his latest article.

Another day, another hot prospect, another learning center.

About tournaments

“Heiskanen doesn’t get as much national attention as other up-and-coming NHL players,” and only gets a single paragraph here. It looks ok.

Also from NHL.com: Whether you love to hate him or hate to love him, there’s no one like John Tortorella.

WomensWorlds continues with the top two teams being the top two, by and large.

Nazem Qadri celebrated his day with a Stanley Cup at the place where he was born and raised, and it was so important.

Greetings from Cedar Scenic Park

The Texas Stars continue to get the work done, signing Syracuse Crunch blueliner Owen Headrick.



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