Dallas Stars Daily Links: Why didn’t the Stars re-sign Oettinger?

If you thought the shattering loss of John Klingberg was the price the Dallas Stars had to pay to keep some talented youngsters, you might well be wondering what’s going on with Jake Oettinger’s continued status as a restricted free agent. . Wasn’t the money they weren’t willing to pay Klinger intended, in part, to ensure that Otter would be a star for a very long time?

Well, it turns out it’s never that simple. AthleticismSaad Yousuf has taken a long look at what the team is trying to balance, and the available ceiling space is perhaps the least of them. For example, like his draft classmate Jason Robertson, Oettinger has very few age and performance comparisons among his fellow NHL players, with only Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers and Thatcher Demko of the Vancouver Canucks in the same room:

Oettinger has 25 fewer regular-season starts under his belt than Hart when he signed his contract last summer, but he’s essentially the same age and is coming off a much better season and playoffs. Hart’s $3.979 million isn’t the only data point, but given the age and production parallels, Hart is seen as a starting point for what Oettinger deserves.

If $3.979 million is the baseline, how far does Oettinger’s figure go? Midway through the 2020-21 season, Vancouver handed fellow American goaltender Thatcher Demko a five-year, $25 million deal for a $5 million AAV. At the time Demko signed his contract, he was older than Oettinger today (25-23), had a smaller sample size (59 starts to 70 starts), and had lower career stats (.911 save percent and 2.92 GAA to .913 save percent). and 2.46 GAA).

So where do the contract negotiations go while Otter spends his summer in Minnesota? It depends on how hard each team presses their advantage – and if they’re ready to play chicken with the rest of the league:

While both parties would like to reach a resolution as soon as possible, the Stars are in no rush. Training camp starts in a month and a half and the season starts in just over two months. These are the main pressure points at which delays could lead to a deal. Until then, there is not much urgency. However, this does not mean that the timing is unimportant. Due to the Stars’ ceiling situation and Robertson’s impending contract, another key may be thrown into the mix, and that is the possibility of an offer sheet.

Offer sheets are rare in the NHL, but so is the supply of talented 23-year-old goaltenders who have shown their potential to become cornerstones of the franchise. If Robertson’s deal goes through first, it would give all interested teams a hard number as to how high they need to go to put the Stars in a bind. At that point, the Stars would be forced to offload the player(s) in order to create cap space to keep Oettinger.

There is much more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]


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