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
- Dallas intends to suppress their youth movement on Defense and slowly incorporate younger defensemen instead of throwing them all to wolves like last season.
- 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.
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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