Lets take a look at a list of the free agents after the end of the season:
Brad Richards C $7,800,000 UFA
Jamie Langenbrunner RW $2,800,000 UFA
Karlis Skrastins D $1,650,000 UFA
Brian Sutherby LW $850,000 UFA
Jeff Woywitka D $700,000 UFA
Brandon Segal RW $550,000/$130,000 UFA
Jason Williams RW $550,000/$105,000 UFA
Brad Lukowich D $1,000,000/$275,000 UFA
Severin Blindenbacher D $900,000/$67,500 UFA
Aaron Gagnon C $600,000/$85,000 UFA (Group 6)
Raymond Sawada RW $575,000/$75,000 UFA (Group 6)
Trevor Ludwig D $525,000/$50,000 UFA (Group 6)
Travis Morin C $500,000/$70,000 UFA
Brent Krahn G $500,000/$125,000 UFA
Sean Backman RW $640,000/$67,500 RFA
Richard Bachman G $630,000/$62,500 RFA
Colton Sceviour RW/C $600,000/$65,000 RFA
Guillaume Monast D $500,000/$50,000 RFA
What does it all mean?
Well, we are going to be talking about Brad Richards all summer, no doubt. But as you can see the Stars have a whole slew of other pieces to worry about, ranging from Texas Stars and other prospects all the way up to some key pieces of various parts of the Dallas Stars primary roster.
With the ownership situation looking up, however. You could see the Stars stretching out the process of signing a lot of these players in hopes that they can let them go and replace their spot on the salary cap with an upgrade; especially goes for defensemen like Skrastins and Woywitka. Luckily most of the forward we are seeing on this list (save Richards) are all depth grinders that are a dime a dozen. The problem we had this season with just not havign enough room (and subsequently having to send Segal down) won’t be a problem this coming season and the contracts signed by Brett Hull are starting to wear off. We could see Sutherby let go thanks to his injury problems and Segal resigned because he’s a very versatile 4th-3rd line winger.
Most of the prospects are irrelevant and should more or less be placed on a different list known as the “Texas Stars Free Agents” list instead. However, there are a few key prospects such as goaltender Richard Backman, and forwards Colton Sceviour and Travis Morin.
With the ownership in flux, I think the management is going to try to wait it out as I said. This is a good oportunity for them to clean house if the team-sanctioned cap is removed and we can start spending more money.
Only time will tell, though you may see some of the Texas Stars roster resigned sooner rather than later as they try to make the playoffs for their third straight year (and third year in existence) this coming season. You may even see Brad Lukowich resigned pretty quick if he sticks around.