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Free Agent Profile: Anton Stralman

Free Agent Profile: Anton Stralman

Stralman seems to be a popular UFA target for Dallas, but would the defenseman be a good fit? So far, we've covered primarily forwards in our UFA Profiles, such as Gustav Nyquist and Matt Duchene. Today, let's turn our focus towards the blue line, where the Dallas Stars have a considerable gap in their top four. Ideally, the Stars will add a steady second-pair defenseman to slot next to Miro Heiskanen. Unlike at forward, the Stars don't really need to find a stud at the position, just a solid player. That’s where Anton Stralman comes in. At 32 years old, the veteran has been a fairly...
Defending Big D Jun 6, 2019
Stars Re-Sign Roman Polak to 1-Year Extension

Stars Re-Sign Roman Polak to 1-Year Extension

Polak, who played mostly on the second pairing with Miro Heiskanen, will have a cap hit of $1.75M this coming season. The Dallas Stars announced today that they have re-signed Roman Polak to a 1-year contract extension worth $1.75 million. The new deal is a small pay raise for Polak, who came to Dallas last year on a one year, $1.3 million contract. Expected to provide a steady, veteran presence on the third pairing, Polak ended up getting thrust into the second pairing alongside rookie Miro Heiskanen when defenseman Stephen Johns missed the entire season due to injury. Polak has been a...
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...
Defending Big D May 24, 2019
Dallas Stars End-of-Season Grades: Second Defense Pair

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

Miro Heiskanen and Roman Polák anchored the Stars’ second pair on defense in 2018-19. How did they perform? Miro Heiskanen and Roman Polak were not supposed to be on the same defensive pair in 2018-19, but things rarely went according to plan for the Dallas Stars when it came to the defensive corps. Going into the season, the talk surrounding the Stars started and stopped with Heiskanen and the possibility of a formidable top four with Stephen Johns riding shotgun alongside the talented 18-year-old. However, with the early loss of Johns to LTIR, the Stars coaching staff was forced to...
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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