3:45 AM EDT, Wed May 22, 2019
Defending Big D 16 hours ago
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...
2019 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Dallas Stars Edition

2019 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Dallas Stars Edition

With only four picks still on hand to work with, how should the Stars approach this year’s draft? Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill has, on more than one occasion, outlined what he considers to be a successful draft: “If you can get two to three players every year, you’re doing a good job... I know that doesn’t sound like good odds, but those are facts. If you can get two or three players and keep doing it every year, you’re setting yourself up pretty good.” However, with just four draft picks currently on hand heading into the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Stars are really...
Defending Big D 20 hours ago
Tuesday Links: Home And Away

Tuesday Links: Home And Away

Sean Shapiro takes a look at how the Texas Stars made the Dallas Stars’ season possible. Plus, what’s up at the IIHF Worlds, what’s next for the Bunch of Jerks, and more. The Dallas Stars played a great deal of bonus hockey during the 2019 playoffs, and Derek Laxdal turned out to be one big reason why. Throughout the season, the Texas Stars head coach lost key players like Roope Hintz, Jason Dickinson, Gavin Bayreuther and Denis Gurianov, whether temporarily or permanently. Those losses added up – and probably cost the team in its own bid to make the Calder Cup playoffs. In his...
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%...
The Hockey Writers May 20, 2019

Stars’ Spezza Set to Move On, but Where?

Jason Spezza proved could still contribute these playoffs, but it won’t be with the Dallas Stars next season. Both Spezza and the Stars are moving on from one another once his contract expires this summer and it’s a decision that’s for the best on both parts. For the Stars, once Spezza hits the open market […] The post Stars’ Spezza Set to Move On, but Where? appeared first on The Hockey Writers.