The Dallas Stars’ last two free agent deals this summer have been major. Two talents from the group’s cornerstone, Jake Otting And Jason Robertson, are restricted free agents. The team would prefer to lock up both players to long-term contracts, but their cap situation may prevent them from doing so. The Stars have $10.3 million in cap space left, which is more than many other teams can boast but may not be enough to secure the signing of either player to a long-term deal. A result of this salary cap challenge has been slow-moving talks between Otting and the Stars.
Per The Athletic’s Saad Yusuf, talks between the Stars and Otting, according to sources, “have gone nowhere.” The Ottering camp has remained tight-lipped about what it’s willing to accept, but via AAV, “they’re not going to settle for what they consider to be unfair given the market that’s already been set up.” As Yusuf saidSubscription link) The lack of suitable contract comparison made it difficult to strike the contract. While Oettinger is still poised to sign heavily and start for Dallas next season, this development is certainly not encouraging.
Now, for some other news from around hockey:
- America has hockey. announced Captains for the next World Junior Championship. Minnesota Wild Hope Brooke FaberFound as part of the group Kevin Fiala Trade was named the team’s captain earlier this summer. Chicago Blackhawks hope Landon Slaggert And the San Jose Sharks hope Thomas Bordeleau Alternate captains were named.
- St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko He had a great season last year, scoring 34 goals and 82 points. But despite these strong numbers, he may not be in St. Louis to stay. NHL.com’s Dan Rosen said in one Latest mail bag He said there was “no reason” to doubt Tarasenko’s trade request was waived last summer, even though the Blues have expressed no interest in dealing him. Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest recently reported The Blues never asked Tarasenko to waive his no-trade protection as part of an offer Matthew TechchukAnd while there’s probably still an active trade request, Tarasenko will spend another stint in St. Louis.