May 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar (55) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Will New Dallas Stars Signal an End for Robidas and Daley?


As reported late last week, The Dallas Stars came to an agreement with Lindy Ruff to be the new head coach of the Dallas Stars. This was the second big move made this summer by Stars new GM Jim Nill. The first move, roughly two weeks ago, was with veteran Defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Will these new Dallas Stars now signal an end for fan favorites Robidas and Daley?

Mike Hieka suggests the signing can mean one of two things

  1. Dallas intends to suppress their youth movement on Defense and slowly incorporate younger defensemen instead of throwing them all to wolves like last season.
  2. It may push out other veteran defensemen Stephane Robidas (36) and/or Trevor Daley. Robidas is signed for one more season at $3.3M while the 29 year old Daley has four years remaining on his deal. Both would be fairly valuable on the trade market.

Gonchar signed a 2 year/$10M contract to join the Stars and continue his fairly impressive NHL career. Signing an aged veteran to a contract of this magnitude would cause many to squirm but not Jim Nill. In fact, Nill has very little reservations about signing a near-40 year old to a two year deal.

 

Said Nill to the DMN,

“Two years is something we’re prepared to do, We feel he’s in excellent shape. He adds not only skill to the team, but character, too. These are the kinds of players that can really help us become the kind of team we want to become.’’

There is no question the Stars struggles with the power play last year had an influence on the signing of Gonchar. Gonchar has been known as an excellent leader of the power-play and Dallas clearly needs an upgrade after only finishing 18th in the NHL last season.

Much will be learned the next few months as to the direction the Stars are headed. If both Robidas and Daley are traded it will be quite clear the Stars officially plan to rebuild.

Mar 23, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) waits for the face-off in the Stars zone during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Avalanche 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A very young and immature (but talented) team would be best served in the short-term to keep their veterans and simply play the best players. At the same time, Having all three veterans logging significant minutes they could also act as a roadblock to the same promising youth they need to develop.

This team is loaded with young talent and the needle is clearly pointed up for the Dallas Stars. How soon we can expect a playoff run will be realized in the next couple months as new head coach Lindy Ruff inserts his influences on the team.

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