NHL free agency has been exciting, yet the Dallas Stars have been quiet. Here is a “report card” for each team in the Central Division.
Since Sunday, the free agency market has been a hubbub of trades, signings, and extensions, however, the Dallas Stars have yet to really make an impact. Let’s take a look at the moves Central Division teams have made in the past five days of free agency.
Chicago Blackhawks – C-
The Blackhawks signed goaltender Cam Ward to a one-year, $3 million dollar contract. Ward has played his entire 13-year career with the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished third-to-last in the Metropolitan division. Ward will most likely become the starter for Chicago until Corey Crawford becomes healthy.
They also signed forward Chris Kunitz to a one-year deal. Kunitz has played in the NHL for 14 seasons with the Ducks, Thrashers, Penguins, and Lightning. He will most likely be the 3rd or 4th line center behind Brandon Saad and Vinnie Hinostroza.
Finally, Chicago picked up defender Brandon Manning on a two-year contract. Manning, who is 28-years-old, will help revamp the failing Blackhawk defense.
Chicago picked up a few players to help stop the bleeding, but they only picked up short-term players.
Remaining cap space: $2,050,705