The Dallas Stars have had an interesting season so far, starting with a losing streak and underperforming defense. Then November came, and the team started winning. It’s December, and they seem to have perfected the chemistry in their group, even though they recent losses on the road. But as complex as the season has passed, their roster is even more so. And when the season ends, so do the contracts of some players.
Veterans like Alexander Radulov, John Klingberg and Joe Pavelski, who are about to become unrestricted free agents (UFA) but are likely to stay on the list. There are some that probably won’t. A few other players who have had an impact this season, such as Jason Robertson and Denis Gurianov are becoming restricted free agents (RFA) at the end of the season, but it seems unlikely. Chances are they won’t be re-signed, given their performances. There are also a number of young players this season who want to make Dallas their home ground.
But it’s likely that it’s not just the UFA or the RFA that could leave the Stars for the 2022-23 season. There were also some players who didn’t fit into the team or didn’t give the numbers they should have. As the Stars are looking to get out of their second slump of the season, it may be time to reassess the following players.
It’s been an exciting time for Andrej Sekera. The veteran defender has had an underwhelming season and it’s hard to judge him given the little frozen time he’s seen so far.
The Slovakian has played 19 games so far this season and has picked up just three points. He frequently finds himself in the third or fourth defensive pairing, and with his contract ending next season, the upcoming UFA will not be on the roster for the 2022-23 season. He hasn’t made for himself an attractive enough pick to warrant him clinging, and the Stars’ defensive situation is rich, especially with Ryan Suter’s new addition to the squad, around approx. The void of the strong veteran defense has been filled. The Stars will benefit from removing the 35-year-old from the squad and making room for younger talent they can get at a lower cost.
The 2021-22 season has been a struggle for veteran goalkeeper Anton Khudobin, as he has failed to find stability this season. But lately the Stars put netminder on exemption, and he finished and was loaned to the Texas Stars, the Dallas affiliate of the American Hockey League (AHL).
After contracting COVID-19 in 2020, Khudobin has been unable to find his chance on the grid, which can happen to some athletes after they recover from illness or injury. This goalkeeper did not have the strongest match even when the teammates around him started to flourish. Even so, head coach Rick Bowness did not lose faith in the goalkeeper.
“We certainly do not rule out his return. He is still part of the organization. ”
– Stars . head coach Rick Bowness
Khudobin is 3-3-1 with a save rate of 0.873 and an average score of 3.73 in seven games this season with the Stars. He now has the chance to play his game again in Texas, but it looks like he could stay there next season, despite the fact that he has one season left on his 3-year contract. 10 million dollars. The 35-year-old hasn’t played a game since November 18 and there’s probably a reason for that. He hasn’t had a good game in a while.
He’ll probably do well in Texas, but he’ll really have to prove he can get past Braden Holtby or more and up-and-coming star Jake Oettinger to earn his spot between the pipes for the Star. He may be a veteran and he may have led the team to the knockout stages in the 2019-20 season, but fans are eager for him to go on and perhaps the organization needs to do the same. on one’s own.
Esa Lindell seems to be a bit of a letdown player. Sometimes he plays in the first defensive pair with Klingberg, while other times he plays in the third with the addition of New Star Jani Hakanpaa.
The defender played 26 games and provided just 5 assists (5 points total). However, he has three years left after this season on his contract before becoming a UFA. It may not be worth keeping him, unless he decides to switch to scoring and defending before the season ends. He wore an “A” on his chest during his most recent match with St. Louis Blues on December 14 (and before) so he needs to earn it. With the way the Stars played recently, they need him to step up more than anything. If the team decides to keep him on the roster, they Candlestick expect more from him, after his successful years with the club.
While he’s not new to the National Hockey League (NHL), Tanner Kero is fairly new on the All-Stars roster. He is currently playing in his second season with the team and has played all 11 games so far this season, with two assists and no goals. The centre-back has made quite a few changes to the squad, most recently training with Luke Glendening and Guiranov on 16 December.
The Stars recalled the striker in November from Texas after sending Riley Tufte back. Chances are, the same thing will happen to Kero again as he has been playing mostly as a side player during the brief time he’s back in the NHL. It looks like he will return to Texas for the 2022-23 season, or even before that, and should end his contract there before becoming UFA. The Stars have a lot of talent to choose from on their AHL team and the center forward position doesn’t fit the bill right now, unless he shines in the second half of the current season.
Joel Kiviranta was the name of a lot of fans before, but maybe not now. It may be too early to tell, but he’s unlikely to return to the team next season, despite two years remaining on his $1,050,000 contract. The 25-year-old hasn’t turned much so far this season and is running out of time to do so.
The striker currently has 2 assists and no goals in 22 games played this season. His last game against the Stars was on December 11, against the San Jose Sharks, where he recorded a 6-minute interval on ice and scored no points. And now, he is sidelined with an upper body injury.
It could be in the Stars’ interest to move him away rather than run out of contract, to make room for thriving young players who continue to switch between the Stars and the AHL, such as Ty Dellandrea and Riley Damiani.
The Stars’ season is at a low point again as the team has lost its last four games, most recently against the Blues. If their season doesn’t turn around for a second time, they’ll have to revisit some players and ask more questions – and that might just be the start.
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Raylene Lung is a journalist based in Ottawa and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University. She has previously written for The Victory Press, The Hockey News, Canadian Geographic and most recently worked at CBC Edmonton. She still reads religious magazines and loves women’s hockey. When she’s not writing, she’s riding her horse. She is currently covering Dallas Stars for The Hockey Writers.
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