Know The Enemy: Dallas Stars

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Know The Enemy: Dallas Stars

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We’re previewing the rest of the Central Division for the coming season, but we’re just going to give you bite-size pieces because… the Blackhawks aren’t likely going to compete for a playoff spot this year. The Dallas Stars are a fascinating proposition because they’re projected anywhere between a fringe playoff team and a lottery lock. And they traded their first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft to the Rangers for defenseman Nils Lundkvist (top-ten protected).

How will they do?

IneffectiveMath Projection: 92.0 (5th in Central)
JFresh Projection: 91 (6th in Central)
The Athletic Projection: 96.8 (4th in Central)
DraftKings Over/Under: 9.5 (t4th in Central)

What’d I Miss?

The Stars needed until Oct. 5 to get their best player, Jason Robertson, signed on the dotted line. However, while many of the league’s young stars have lined up eight-year deals recently, Robertson opted for only four years and only got $7.75M per. Both the term and the dollars are lower than I think most expected to see here, and it took a long time to work something, so let’s keep an eye on this relationship.

Dallas did bring in a nice addition up front in Mason Marchment, who cashed in a career year in a big way. But the Robertson deal pushed the Stars above the salary cap for a few days.

The Stars also decided to hold on to defenseman John Klingberg at the trade deadline, only to lose him as a free agent.

When Do They Play the Blackhawks?

  • Nov. 23 — @ Dallas
  • Feb. 22 — @ Dallas
  • March 2 — vs Dallas
  • March 28 — vs Dallas

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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab