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Defending Big D Jun 6, 2019
Thursday Links: Lehtinen and the Finnish Mafia

Thursday Links: Lehtinen and the Finnish Mafia

The Stars legend gives some valuable insight into the team’s newest Finn, Joel Kiviranta. Plus, an inside look at the draft interview process, top trade targets, and more. Recently, the Dallas Stars signed Finnish forward Joel Kiviranta to a two-year ELC, growing their “Finnish Mafia” in the organization that consists of players such as Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell, and Roope Hintz. Of course, when talking about Finland and Dallas, you have to bring up Stars legend Jere Lehtinen. Currently the General Manager for Finland’s national team, Lehtinen often provides insight into his...
SportsDay Jun 5, 2019
These 2 factors will impact the Stars' options for a fourth defenseman, but here are some targets who could make sense

These 2 factors will impact the Stars' options for a fourth defenseman, but here are some targets who could make sense

Matthew DeFranks, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights:Question: Who do you see as a potential target to be the Stars' fourth defenseman?There are a few other factors that contribute to the Stars decision-making on a top-four defenseman.1. Term, especially with the expansion draft upcoming in 2021. John Klingberg, Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen will be protected, meaning your fourth defensemen will be exposed unless the Stars opt to protect eight skaters regardless of...
SportsDay May 25, 2019
How Stars’ ‘Finnish Mafia’ including Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz serve as the biggest reason for optimism in Dallas

How Stars’ ‘Finnish Mafia’ including Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz serve as the biggest reason for optimism in Dallas

The Finnish Mafia isn't hard to find.It's a trio of franchise building blocks -- center Roope Hintz and defensemen Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell -- that's nearly inseparable off the ice. They walk into arenas together. They leave together. They share a corner in the American Airlines Center dressing room, where Finnish in the first language and where Hintz and Heiskanen are perhaps the most talkative.And so, general manager Jim Nill dubbed the three players the "Finnish Mafia" during exit interviews earlier this month."Between Lindell, Heiskanen and Roope walking around," Nill said, "that's...
The Hockey Writers May 24, 2019

Stars’ Pattern of Frustrating 1st-Round Picks

The Dallas Stars are once again considered a contender thanks in large part to superstars Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Ben Bishop. However, it will be organizational depth that will determine how far the club goes in coming seasons. Second and third-round picks such as Roope Hintz and Esa Lindell have filled important roles, but […] The post Stars’ Pattern of Frustrating 1st-Round Picks appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Defending Big D May 22, 2019
Dallas Stars End-of-Season Grades: Top Defense Pair

Dallas Stars End-of-Season Grades: Top Defense Pair

Esa Lindell and John Klingberg made up the Star’s top defensive pair again this year. How did they perform as a line? Esa Lindell and John Klingberg have been together now for years, and this year was no different, however maybe just a little. For the majority of the minutes, Klingberg and Lindell were a pair. However, with Lindell taking a more defensive role, the Stars coaching staff now has the ability to pair Klingberg with Miro for key offensive zone draws; especially after the opposing team ices the puck. Lindell and Klingberg complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses...
Defending Big D May 22, 2019
Wednesday Links: The Case Against Lindell’s Big Payday

Wednesday Links: The Case Against Lindell’s Big Payday

Cody made a great argument in favor of the Lindell extension, but what about the flip side? Plus, the Blues advance to the Stanley Cup Final, the top NHL Draft prospects, and more. Yesterday, Cody did a great job of explaining why Esa Lindell deserved his massive pay raise. But not everyone agrees — former DBD bench boss Josh Lile, for instance, thinks we’re all putting in a little too much stock in Lindell’s defensive ability: Being able to defend is great. Doing it all the time is a sign that things aren’t going well. Lindell defends a lot, and opposing teams fire a ton of pucks...
Defending Big D May 21, 2019
Breaking Down Lindell’s Value In Light Of His Contract

Breaking Down Lindell’s Value In Light Of His Contract

The defensive defenseman just signed a six-year contract extension with an AAV of $5.8 million per year. Was it an overpayment? The Dallas Stars signed Esa Lindell to a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension last week. The extension will carry an average annual value of $5.8 million against the team’s salary cap. There’s been a fair amount of debate that I’ve seen over Twitter and online hockey boards whether or not $5.8 million per year is an overpay or not for the defensive-minded defenseman. For what it’s worth, Evolving Wild, a popular hockey analytic site and account, had...
SportsDay May 20, 2019
Is the Esa Lindell extension a safe bet for the Stars?

Is the Esa Lindell extension a safe bet for the Stars?

The Dallas Stars have signed Esa Lindell to a very large contract extension. The 25 year old will get $5,800,000 annually over six years making him the highest paid defenseman on the team. The Stars are essentially committing to a group of Lindell, John Klingberg, and Miro Heiskanen as the future of the defense. Is that a good idea, and what kind of impact does it have?The most obvious impact is financially. Lindell is gobbling up some cap space. I pulled the info from Cap Friendly and some Salary Cap upper limit projections included with the Stars estimated cap space. The space isn't 100%...

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