In the on-again, off-again world of the Tyler Seguin contract negotiations with the Dallas Stars, things finally got done this week.
The final numbers were eight years and $9.85 million per season. For all his talent and production over the last handful of years in Dallas, would you give an eight-year, $80 million plus contract to a player like Seguin that’s going to be 27 this season? Boy, I’d be hesitant to do that if I were Jim Nill without knowing what Seguin’s level of commitment to hockey -- and his willingness to pay the price on the ice for team success -- will be with all that money and all that security.
They’ve sunk a ton of money into Seguin and Jamie Benn, two players that most years haven’t even made the playoffs, and now that will be their lot in life for the long term.
They may not have had much of a choice here, but it sure looks like the Stars are going to be stuck in neutral for a while barring some amazing upgrade.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the final weekend without official NHL hockey has arrived.
*Matt Duchene thinks that the Ottawa Senators are being overlooked by everybody across the NHL. I think that plenty of people have been looking right at the Sens since the end of last season, and they’ve seen controversy and trouble everywhere. Whether it’s Mike Hoffman getting traded because of some kind of social media conflict between his girlfriend and Erik Karlsson’s wife, or it’s an assistant GM getting charged with allegedly assaulting a hotel employee at draft weekend in Buffalo, it’s been one piece of bad news after another. That doesn’t even count the complete mess that is the ownership of Eugene Melnyk. No, I wouldn’t say that the Senators are being overlooked. I’d say they’re being viewed as the dumpster fire that they truly are right now.
*Could it be? Tyler Seguin now sees the potential for a contract extension with the Dallas Stars after seeing disappointing things earlier this summer.
*Buffalo Sabres rookie and No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin has scored twice in an impressive rookie tourney debut for the Sabres first-year player.
*Check out this nifty goal from Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo (at about the 15-second mark):
*Oddsmakers apparently believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning have pulled ahead of the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
*Interesting piece on Pro Hockey Talk where they believe that the Montreal Canadiens have completely wasted Max Pacioretty.
*For something completely different: The "Super Friends" cartoon debuted 45 years ago today on ABC. That was a game-changer on my Saturday mornings.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a happy and safe Labor Day. Pearl Jam was pretty awesome at Fenway last night.
--The Hockey News is out with their Calder Trophy candidates for each of the 31 NHL teams, and Ryan Donato is the top contender from the Bruins organization after flashing at the end of last season. Donato is an interesting name to watch among some of the perhaps more high profile rookies coming into the league like Rasmus Dahlin, but if Donato wins a top-6 winger role in camp he could be in a position to rack up some pretty good numbers this season. I like Donato as a dark horse pick for the Calder given how productive he was in his brief NHL stint last season combined with the opportunity in front of him.
--Artemi Panarin to the Dallas Stars is unlikely, but would be glorious fun according to Pro Hockey Talk. I still wouldn’t rule out the Bruins tossing their hat into the ring if the price becomes reasonable for them. The fit would be great with the Black and Gold, but they understandably don’t want to risk him fleeing in free agency at the end of this season, which might happen to whichever team ponies up and trades for him.
--As we’ve mentioned a couple of times, Tyler Seguin is disappointed with the state of contract extension talks in Dallas.
--Brock Boeser did a very good social media thing recently when he exposed a hateful troll and got them suspended from the platform.
--Connor McDavid wants to score more goals for the Oilers, and thereby help their chances of getting into the playoffs. That seems to make logical sense.
--For something completely different: A good piece of the longstanding marriage between Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth, and what makes it all work.