Sunday, July 02, 2017

Martin Hanzal Goes to Dallas

The Dallas Stars have been trying to work on their defensive structure, on paper, at least.  The addition of Martin Hanzal should help with that, as the hulking centre does play a decent two-way game.

The Stars signed Hanzal to a 3-year, $14.25 million deal on Saturday, adding him to a pretty offensive cast of characters already in the fold.
Hanzal is no slouch when it comes to the offensive side either, as he tallied 20 goals and 39 points in 71 games between Arizona and Minnesota, the move between teams coming at the trade deadline.  Unfortunately for the Wild, Hanzal did not pan out very well at all, going cold in his new surroundings and the Wild were quickly dispatched, when the lost to the St. Louis Blues in five games.

Nevertheless, the Stars were quick on the draw to try and get Hanzal signed and he should compliment the team in a third line centre role, along with shutdown defenseman Marc Methot, who they acquired a few days earlier from Vegas.  The framework for a better defensive system in Dallas appears to be in place, now they just need to upgrade their depth a little bit more.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Jamie Benn 9.500 Marc Methot 4.900 Kari Lehtonen 5.900
Jason Spezza 7.500 John Klingberg 4.250 Ben Bishop 4.917
Tyler Seguin 5.750 Dan Hamhuis 3.750
Martin Hanzal 4.750 Esa Lindell 2.200
Antoine Roussel 2.000 Patrik Nemeth 0.945
Tyler Pitlick 1.000 Julius Honka 0.863
Denis Gurianov 0.925 Greg Pateryn 0.850
Jason Dickinson 0.894
Devin Shore 0.870
Remi Elie 0.745
Curtis McKenzie 0.700
MattIas Janmark 0.700
Brian Flynn 0.700
Adam Cracknell 0.675

Salary CapWith new faces like Hanzal, Methot and Ben Bishop, the Stars are spending money to be a better team, but like a good portion of the teams we've featured on the blog, they are doing so with a 23-man projected roster that has cap space to spare.  The Stars are looking at about $8.2 million right now and they have a couple restricted free agents that I'm sure they would like to have deals in place for soon.

The Stars are coming along well, but they had a long ways to go.  Any help that they could give to Benn, Spezza and Seguin was going to be appreciated in their lineup and dressing room.  They may still need to pull a couple more rabbits out of their hat to start competing in the Central Division again, but after the first couple of days of free agency, you can tell something is working for them.

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