Saad Yousuf examines one of the offseason’s most important questions in his latest mailbag. Plus, Finals fever, the Flyers make their move, and more.
The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf has been taking plenty of questions since the Victory Green Gang’s first-round playoffs exit. And he leads off his latest mailbag with something many Stars die-hards will find very hard to take. He figures the chance of John Klingberg staying in Texas is “35 percent, at the most,” and here’s why:
Over the last year, there have been two sides factoring into the Klingberg negotiations: Klingberg’s camp and the Stars’ front office. At this point in time, I don’t think either is going to really play into Klingberg’s destination. The determining factor now will be the market. How will the rest of the NHL view the upside of getting a skilled right-handed offensive defenseman, compared to the reservations of a 30-year-old defenseman coming off of two subpar seasons? How much will the overall suppression of skill in Dallas be a selling point by Klingberg’s camp and how much will other teams buy that?
I think Klingberg is being realistic in his asking price. He isn’t a flash-in-the-pan talent; he’s consistently shown how good he can be. The problem is, that’s not the most recent sample size, and Father Time is undefeated. But he’s looking at the market, especially last offseason, and is considering that this is the last monster payday of his playing career. He should get every penny he can, and he’ll deserve it.
Then there’s his view of what one fan called “‘playoff contender’ purgatory,” and why the front office may actually prefer that state of affairs:
The Stars believe their product needs to, at the least, be competitive to keep the fan base’s interest throughout the season. Playoff revenue is a boost so making it to the playoffs is the first goal. From there, the longer the run, the better it is for everybody, from ownership to the front office to coaches and players to, of course, fans.
Being Cup contenders means long playoff runs, right? So, why not build a roster that way? Well, if the Stars can do it without risking what often follows those high-end Cup windows, they’d love to. But to have a handful of years near the top and then a bunch of years at the bottom — again, see the Red Wings and Blackhawks — is not something this organization wants to experience or believes it can withstand.
There’s much more behind the paywall – including thoughts on Jake Oettinger’s trajectory, the Miro Heiskanen-vs.-Cale Makar fantasy redraft, the Stars’ most tradeable players, and more. [The Athletic DFW]
The Stars are getting more work done on next season’s roster. Evidence: this week’s signings of forwards Nick Caamano…
Back for more!
We have signed Nicholas Caamano to a one-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season. ✅
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 13, 2022
…and Fredrik Karlström.
Ready for more Freddy? He’s back for more! ✍
We have signed forward Fredrik Karlstrom to a one-year, two-way contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 14, 2022
Speaking of the future, check this update from the Stars’ digital manager.
It’s a big night for @DallasStars prospects Wyatt Johnston (Windsor) and Artem Grushnikov (Hamilton), as the Spitfires and Bulldogs square off in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the OHL final. Winner will be crowned OHL champion and advance to the Memorial Cup.
— Kyle Shohara (@kyleshohara) June 15, 2022
And if you’re a Victory Green fan in the North Texas area, here’s your marker for the official start of summer.
Join us Saturday for the @DallasStars Summer Equipment and Merchandise Sale.
Comerica Center Garage from 8a-12p.
— Stars Hangar (@StarsHangar) June 15, 2022
Around The Leagues
The Lightning and Avalanche have much in common. Belief. Patience. Perseverance. Each suffered heartbreak for years. Each could have made major changes. Yet each stuck with the coach, the core and the process, writes @cotsonika.https://t.co/b1H2Kz6TnH
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) June 15, 2022
One of the Bolts’ top players is back from a lower-body injury just in time for tonight’s festivities.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 15, 2022
Emily Kaplan’s on-camera work has been a bright spot even for those who aren’t fans of ESPN’s 2022 playoffs production. Here’s how she views the highs and lows of her journey.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be thrust into a national position and cover the NHL from inside?
— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) June 15, 2022
Is John Tortorella no longer available? Rumor has it that the Philadelphia Flyers have made their move, and now it’s all over but the shouting.
Former Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella nearing deal with Philadelphia Flyers https://t.co/oHJNCjVAdm
— Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) June 15, 2022
Now this is one signing bonus you might not have considered yet.
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) June 14, 2022
So it’s come to this for the Chicago Blackhawks. “Hey, Alex DeBrincat is Alex DeBrincat, but a trade could be anything! Even an Alex DeBrincat!”
If Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson ultimately deals Alex DeBrincat, it’s a clear sign he’s enacting a drastic rebuild that’ll involve tearing down the Hawks’ entire current roster and then starting from scratch.https://t.co/4XbBuTbG7Q
— Sun-Times Sports (@suntimes_sports) June 15, 2022
A John Gibson trade remains possible but his contract and the Ducks’ high asking price could ensure he remains in Anaheim for the foreseeable future@SpectorsHockey’s Rumour Roundup: https://t.co/2opRjQzVLP
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 15, 2022
Because you probably needed a video of Esa Lindell and Roope Hintz drawing each other, and you didn’t even know it. Enjoy.