Mid Summer Report: Dallas Stars

download (23)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the Dallas Stars

Last Season’s Finish:  50-23-9 109 pts, 1st in the Central Division, lost in the second round of the playoffs

Key Arrivals:

  • D Dan Hamhuis (UFA)
  • D Andrew Bodnarchuk (UFA)
  • F Adam Cracknell (UFA)

Key Departures:

  • D Alex Goligoski (Arizona)
  • F Colton Sceviour (Florida)
  • F Vernon Fiddler (New Jersey)
  • D Jason Demers (Florida)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • D Jamie Oleksiak
  • D Patrik Nemeth
  • D Stephen Johns
  • F Brett Ritchie

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/14)

  • F Valeri Nichushkin

Current Cap Situation as of 8/14/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $66,415,833
  • Current salary cap space: $6,584,167

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Ales Hemsky, Cody Eakin, Antoine Roussel, Patrick Eaves, Valeri Nichushkin, Brett Ritchie, Radek Faska, Mattias Janmark, Curtis McKenzie, Adam Cracknell
Defensemen
John Klingberg, Johnny Oduya, Dan Hamhuis, Jordie Benn, Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Stephen Johns
Goalies
Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi

 

Outlook:
Dallas was arguably the most entertaining team to watch in the NHL.  That will not change this season.  They boast the most potent offense in the league, leading the NHL with 267 goals last season.  But, they had the worst defense in the league among the teams that made the playoffs.  They set out this summer to improve on that, bringing in stay-at-home defenseman Dan Hamhuis to replace Alex Goligoski, who left in free agency.  Dallas is proving that you can win with an offense focused team in today’s nhl, and we should expect that they will make the playoffs fairly easy yet again this season.