Another big update from the Dallas Stars on Monday, as I am getting closer and closer to being caught up from this whirlwind of action! The Stars wrangled in forward Alexander Radulov to their rodeo, adding another significant piece of offense to their already potent club.
Radulov was said to be looking for an extra-long contract with some very serious money, but the Stars got him down to something a little more manageable, signing the enigmatic winger to a 5-year, $31.25 million deal, a $6.25 million cap hit per season.
The 31-year old Russian made a triumphant return to the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens last season, finishing 92nd overall in pool scoring, 67th among all forwards with 18 goals and 54 points in 76 games. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, his contract demands were far too high and likely what he received from the Stars was a little too rich for their blood as well.
The addition of Radulov to their team makes for a very interesting group of forwards, hell bent on scoring next season. If you're pairing off centres and wings, you would be looking at Benn-Seguin and possibly Spezza-Radulov and even go so far as Hanzal-Roussel on the 3rd line and then you're probably complimenting each line with some youth. It's quite the setup they have there and now that they have some more defense in place, this team is starting to look more intriguing.
|Jamie Benn||9.500||Marc Methot||4.900||Kari Lehtonen||5.900|
|Jason Spezza||7.500||John Klingberg||4.250||Ben Bishop||4.917|
|Alexander Radulov||6.250||Dan Hamhuis||3.750|
|Tyler Seguin||5.750||Esa Lindell||2.200|
|Martin Hanzal||4.750||Patrik Nemeth||0.945|
|Antoine Roussel||2.000||Julius Honka||0.863|
|Tyler Pitlick||1.000||Greg Pateryn||0.850|
The Stars are now running with the big dogs, in terms of the number of big contracts on their books and they will have to rely on some good smaller contracts to make this season truly work for them. With Radulov under contract and a 23-man projected roster assembled above, they are looking at only $2.9 million in cap space for wiggle room, give or take a couple transactions through the year.
As a proven flight risk, Radulov getting a 5-year deal is always going to be scary, but now that he's committed to the NHL again, it might work out for the Stars after all. I'm still not prepared to hand the Stars any trophies or even a guaranteed berth into the playoffs, but I still like the additions of Hanzal and Methot, it's something that could truly work for them.