View Full Version : Free agents who make sense for the Stars
No. 1 Zach Parise
Team: New Jersey Devils
Position: Left wing
The lowdown: The shining gem of the 2012 free agent class, Parise is not only skilled, but a real character guy who could end up being your captain. Not big at 5-11, 195, he is still sturdy and consistent. Missed three games in his first five seasons before tearing a ligament in his knee in 2010-11. He missed most of 2010-11, but bounced back last season with 69 points (31G, 38A) in 82 games. Heís a left-handed left wing, so thatís an area of depth for the Stars, but they will juggle to get this kind of player in the lineup. He made $6 million last season, and will be looking to hit a homerun in free agency. Brad Richardís 9-year, $60 million deal might be a comparable. Teams such as Pittsburgh and Detroit could be in on the bidding, so the Stars are not seen as one of the favorites in this contest.
No. 2 Ryan Suter
Team: Nashville Predators
The lowdown: The Stars could definitely use his skill on the blueline. A talented defenseman who can run the power play, Suter is nonetheless a bit of a puzzle. He has played beside Shea Weber in Nashville for his entire career, and many NHL experts aren’t sure if he is a legitimate No. 1 defenseman or just a good complementary defenseman. He is coming off a season in which he had 46 points (7G, 39A) in 79 games, and he has had 30 or more points in each of the last five seasons. He’s decent sized at 6-1, 198 and he has a solid pedigree as the seventh overall pick in the 2003 entry draft. With Alex Goligoski recently signed to a four-year deal averaging $4.6 million a year, he and Suter would be the team’s top two for years to come. So is that good enough to anchor a Stanley Cup-winning defense? It’s a question the Stars have to ask themselves before getting into a bidding war.
No. 3 Shane Doan
Team: Phoenix Coyotes
Position: Right wing
The lowdown: This seems to go against everything the Stars are trying to build, as Doan will turn 36 in October and has played 1,198 NHL games. However, he is a good friend to owner Tom Gaglardi (sharing ownership in the Kamloops Blazers), he is a heck of a leader, and he might be a nice boost to a room that could use help in transition to the next era. Doan had 50 points (22G, 28A) in 79 games last season for Phoenix. He has played his entire life with the organization, and the odds are he will stay there. However, he has not yet signed an extension, the Coyotes’ future in Arizona still is up in the air, and Doan might really like to finish out his career in Dallas. He’s a right-handed right wing, so the stars could definitely find a spot for him. The one interesting twist to this potential signing is that it could mean the Stars would then start seriously shopping captain Brenden Morrow.
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No. 4 Olli Jokinen
Team: Calgary Flames
The lowdown: The veteran center could be the perfect replacement for Mike Ribeiro if the Stars want to simply plug that center hole for a couple of seasons. Jokinen will turn 34 in December, but he has proven a pretty durable player in 1,042 NHL games. He’s big at 6-3, 215, and that fits what the Stars are building. He’s a consistent 50-to-60-point player and is coming off a season in which he had 61 points (23G, 28A) in 82 games with Calgary. He’s not good at faceoffs (a career 45.8% guy), and he has almost no playoff experience (6 career games), so those are definite caveats.
No. 5 Matt Carle
Team: Philadelphia Flyers
The lowdown: Another defenseman who falls into the category of “too much like Alex Goligoski.” However, Carle would likely be a lot cheaper than Ryan Suter. Carle is an interesting player, in that he has been wonderful in Philadelphia while playing with a pretty high-end partner. Even without Chris Pronger last season, he had 38 points (4G, 34A), and looked very solid. He’s 27, he made $3.8 million last season, so what’s the problem? Well, when last the Stars saw Carle on a regular basis, he played for the Sharks and was terrible. In fact, many Sharks fans thought he was a key in a playoff loss to the Stars in 2008, and he was traded to the Lightning that summer. Is he mature now and ready to step up, or at 6-0, 205, is he more of the same that the Stars will get from Goligoski, Trevor Daley and Philip Larsen?
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