Unrestricted Free Agents
After resigning their own, the Dallas Stars now must look towards Free Agency to further a scoring punch. With a few holes remaining in their roster, Jim Nill works day-and-night to bring these three to Dallas:
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The Dallas Stars Sign LW Mats Zuccarello to a 3 year, $5.4M AAV contract, equipped with a shiny NMC (No move clause)
Sort of anticlimactic, huh? The first major UFA to wear Victory Green is a familiar one – although the 5’8 winger broke his arm during his first appearance in a Dallas uniform, Zucc was as electric as advertised when healthy. Notching 11 points in 13 playoff contests, #36 was an exhilarating presence on the ice, finally giving the Stars the two-line punch they never had prior.
This contract is where Nill uses his magic to get tricky. Although many reporters note Mats Zuccarello’s desire to receive a longer extension, the use of offering more money per year and adding a NMC may be enough to offset any hesitation in accepting. With Dallas making it obvious they want to keep him around for the future, I have no doubts that Zucc will wear green come next Fall. This contract serves as a generous compromise between front office and player, and more importantly allows for just that.
Expect to hear a lot of “Zuccing” inside the AAC next year.
The Dallas Stars Sign Forward Ryan Dzingel to the tune of a 5 year, $3.975 AAV contract
Alright folks, here’s where things really take off. Dallas addresses their wish to add another top-six forward into the mix, inking the speedy Ryan Dzingel to a 5 year deal. The Wheaton, Illinois native played for the Ottawa Senators last season before becoming an aggressive trade-deadline acquisition for the Columbus Blue Jackets, totaling 26 goals and 56 total points in 78 contests between the two clubs.
Previously thought of as a highly sought after free agent this offseason, things went a little off the deep end for Dzingel in the postseason. After a highly successful 78-game campaign, he only mustered one goal in 9 playoff appearances, even serving as a healthy scratch for a Game 2 date with the Boston Bruins.
Although unfortunate, I believe this could be a perfect “buy low” move for the Dallas Stars. Even with the late-stage disappointments, Nill should be foaming at the mouth if given an opportunity to purchase a speedy young winger coming off two consecutive 20-goal seasons. His value likely being lower than ever before, Ryan Dzingel is most likely looking for a change of scenery with a welcoming team and a chance to win.
Enter Dallas: a perfect candidate.
Adding a heavy shot to play consistent minutes along the already stacked bunch of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Roope Hintz, and Mats Zuccarello would scream nightmare to defenses everywhere.