Dallas Stars Daily Links: About those outstanding contracts…

We’re so 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 does his last bag of mail. His first step was to contextualize the cases of Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson:

It’s been eight years since the Stars’ restricted free agent entered September without a contract (except for the unconventional 2020 season). During the 2014 season, both Cody Iken and Brendine Dillon were late signings heading into the regular season. But since then, the stars have done a great job of getting their act done early on, with Jamie Oleksiak (2017) and Gemel Smith (a questionable choice to go to arbitration in 2018) the only ones entering RFA. August without a contract.

That makes Robertson and Oettinger waiting a bit unsettling, 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. Agents want to use training camp and opening night as leverage. Teams rely on players who don’t want to miss out on that time on the ice, and money later.

Something about deal-making deadlines.

Matt has more, including Talking Probability, Anton Khudobin Reporting, John Klinberg’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 he gets only one 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 being the best teams, by and large.

Nazem Kadri celebrated his Stanley Cup day in the place where he was born and raised, and it was very significant.

Greetings from scenic Cedar Park

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

finally

yes.

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