The Dallas Stars’ last two outstanding free agent deals this summer are the most important. Two of the team’s star young talents, Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson, are restricted free agents. The team would probably prefer to lock both players into long-term contracts, but their cap situation may prohibit them from doing so. The Stars still have $10.3 million in salary cap space, which is more than many other teams can boast, but probably not enough to secure the signing of both players to long-term deals. The result of this salary cap challenge has been slow talks between Oettinger and the Stars in particular.
According to Saad Yousuf of The Athletic, talks between the Stars and Oettinger have, according to his sources, “led nowhere”. Oettinger’s camp reportedly remained entirely flexible on how long they would be willing to accept, but on the AAV side “will not settle for something they deem unfair to the market that has already been defined” . As Yousuf mentions (subscribe link), the lack of ideal contract comparables made it difficult to strike a deal. While Oettinger is still very likely to be signed and ready to start for Dallas in time for next season, this development is certainly not encouraging.
Now for more hockey news:
- USA Hockey has announced its captains for the upcoming World Junior Championship. Minnesota Wild Prospect Brock Faberwhich was acquired by the team as part of the Kevin Fiala trade earlier this summer, was named team captain. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Landon Slaggert and San Jose Sharks prospect Thomas Bordeleau were named alternate captains.
- St. Louis Blues Forward Vladimir Tarasenko had a great season last year, scoring 34 goals and 82 points. But despite those high numbers, he may not be in St. Louis to stay. NHL.com’s Dan Rosen said in a recent post that he had “no reason” to suspect Tarasenko’s trade request from last summer had been overturned, although he also said the Blues had no interest in negotiating it. Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest recently reported that the Blues never asked Tarasenko to give up his no-trade protection as part of a bid for Matthew Tkachukand despite trade demand possibly still active, Tarasenko is likely to spend another season in St. Louis.