Ask any Dallas Stars fan and they will agree, Stars need to get Tyler Seguin re-signed. At a point per game (.992) over the last five years with Victory Green, it seems like a no-brainer. The guy has wheels, can score from anywhere in the offensive zone, and vastly improved his defensive game under former head coach Ken Hitchcock.
As elite of a talent as Seguin is, the Dallas Stars have some serious matters to address. After coming off an extremely disappointing season, two years removed from a 109 point campaign, the Stars have shown signs of going in the other direction. The Stars finished 10th and 11th in the Western Conference in ‘18 and ‘17 respectively.
It’s safe to say Seguin is lined up to sign a similar contract to Stars’ captain Jamie Benn($9.5 Mil/Year), especially after seeing what Kucherov signed for with the Lightning this offseason.
Between potential UFAs next summer, Methot, Spezza, and Seguin, Stars are looking at clearing a little over $18 million in cap hits.
No fan wants to see another John Tavares situation unfold. Letting a player of that caliber walk, with nothing in return, is painful to watch. Signing Seguin now would solidify him as a Star for years) to come, playing alongside other NHL All-Stars Jamie Benn and John Klingberg.
With the amount of potential cap space freed, Stars could resign Tyler Seguin and add another Tier I skater with ease.
Now let’s just say the Stars come flying out of the gates, appearing to be a shoe-in for a playoff position, then the Stars need to re-sign Seguin to a new contract as quickly as humanly possible.
If the Stars linger in playoff contention, it can become squirrely quick, because you have two possible outcomes:
1) The Stars make the playoffs and Seguin is happy to re-sign with the team.
2) The Stars miss the playoffs and Seguin reevaluates life and hockey in the Lone Star State.
The other possible scenario is the Stars continue to slide and miss the playoffs for the 3rd year in a row. Despite GM Jim Nill’s best efforts, previous year’s acquisitions may not get them over the proverbial hump. At that point, Stars would be looking to wheel and deal him to a team in Cup contention.
Trading Tyler Seguin at the trade deadline would yield serious results. This wouldn’t be like a Patrick Eaves to Anaheim Ducks type of trade. This would be a monster exchange for a multitude of players and picks. To achieve a strong rebuild, these type of cutthroat deals have to be made.
At this point, only time will tell.
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