The Dallas Stars Sign Forward Tyler Ennis to a 2 year, 1.25M AAV contract
With the top-6 now firmly penciled in, Dallas wraps up their free agency period with the signing of a lightning-fast, shifty skater in Tyler Ennis to fill out the bottom half of their roster. The 29-year-old posted 12 goals and 18 points over 51 games in a depth role with the Maple Leafs, and Dallas becomes the prime beneficiary of Toronto’s incoming cap nightmare.
Pulling the trigger on the 2008 1st-Round Pick should be looked at as filling a much-needed stopgap on the third/fourth line as young forwards Ty Dellandrea and Jason Robertson gather experience in Cedar Park. Having a crafty presence to pair alongside Denis Gurianov is not a bad idea at all, and could spark an even deeper offensive attack.
I also like this move because in no way does it hamper the lockdown trio of Andrew Cogliano, Radek Faksa, and Blake Comeau. Instead, Dallas can use their other bottom-six line to generate more offensive production. Although Tyler Ennis only has only crossed the 70 game threshold 4 times in his 10 year career, the Stars come with enough insurance depth in Tyler Pitlick and Joel L’Esperance to ensure too much emphasis in not placed upon him.
Consider this a low-risk, medium-reward deal that brings an extra element of attack to the group – all without jeopardizing the future of the team.
Signing these three UFA’s would be a monstrous win for the Dallas Stars.
After a long, successful offseason, I present to you my version of the 2019-2020 Dallas Stars:
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alexander Radulov
Ryan Dzingel – Roope Hintz – Mats Zuccarello
Tyler Ennis – Jason Dickinson – Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano – Radek Faksa – Blake Comeau
John Klingberg – Miro Heiskanen
Esa Lindell – Stephan Johns
Jamie Oleksiak – Gavin Bayreuther
Dillon Heatherington – Julius Honka
All of these moves leave the Dallas Stars with just over $5.8M in remaining cap space, proving a realistic and financially viable blueprint. I very much believe this depth chart provides Dallas with a multi-layered structure of talent to build off an already successful year.
Obviously there are many routes Jim Nill can take over the summer, as this article is just one of the several possible outcomes available to the front office. How did I do, #GoStars nation? Is this roster smell of a championship, or do I reek of over enthusiastic hockey nerdism? I look forward to hearing your take, Victory Greeners.