Bye, Val…

So it seems to finally be official. After months of speculating on when (or I guess if) the Stars and Nichushkin would be agreeing on a new contract, the RFA has decided to sign in the KHL this season. CSKA Moscow has reported that they have agreed to a two year deal with Nichushkin. The Stars will retain his rights (at least if he comes back before becoming a UFA).

I’ll admit I personally have mixed feelings about this whole thing. First, I am truly disappointed that Nichushkin is leaving. Despite a less than stellar showing this past season, the guy shows that he has some raw potential. The reports that he doesn’t like playing under Lindy Ruff are disheartening to say the least. Ruff’s patented line blender moves probably didn’t do much to help his development. So while I am sad to see him go, I hope he is able to have more time to develop. He claims he wants to return to the Dallas Stars after his contract expires. Hopefully he does and comes back a better player for it. In the meantime, I think the Stars have ample amounts of talent to fill his spot, between newly acquired Jiri Hudler and the up and coming forwards from the AHL. 

So best of luck, Val. Hope to see you again at some point…

– Italia

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Welcome to Dallas, Jiri Hudler!

Dallas Stars recently confirmed the signing of UFA Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million contract. Hudler had been acquired from the Calgary Flames by the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline.

While unexpected, the 32 year old Hudler is a welcome addition to an already stacked offensive roster. The optimists in us can’t help but wonder if Hudler’s signing is a piece in Nill’s move to acquire a goaltender this off-season. It doesn’t help that Valeri Nichushkin has yet to sign a new contract. Regardless, at this point, with 14 projected forwards going into training camp, decisions will have to be made when it comes to roster spots.

Should make for an interesting time in Cedar Park for the training camp.

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Welcome to the Dallas Stars, Dan Hamhuis!

Once again, continuing with the theme of outdated news, we’re taking a moment to welcome our new defenseman, 33 year-old Dan Hamhuis (who Caitlynn may or may not have seen at Market Street buying dinner a couple of weeks ago), who was acquired in free-agency. He is signed to a 2-year contract, earning $3.75 million per season.

This is of course, the same Dan Hamhuis that Dallas reportedly attempted to acquire from the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline. So maybe it was always meant to be. Hamhuis had apparently waived his NTC for Dallas, but the deal never went through.

He will add key a veteran presence to the Stars’ young defensive line, maybe even seeing some time on the top pairing with Klingberg.

All in all, this seems like a solid, smart signing by Jim Nill.

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Oh hey, no big deal…

Old news at this point, but Jamie Benn signed an 8 year contract extension with the Dallas Stars!

$76 million, or an AAV of $9.5 million. Which falls right between the $8.5 million deal Stamkos received in Tampa Bay, and the $10 million LA’s Anze Kopitar will be receiving.

We’re also being spared the agonizing speculation that Lightning fans were subject to for the past year, since Benn signed his extension a year before he hit free agency.

Now that that particular piece of off-season business is out of the way, we can focus on the important stuff. Like trading for Ben Bishop… (We kid…but for real, please?)

Anyways, here’s to 8 more years of The Captain doing his thing!

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