The Dallas Stars have officially released a list of the upcoming restricted free agents who they have sent qualifying offers and will retain the negotiating rights to and a list of the restricted free agents who will not be receiving a new deal or playing in Dallas next year. Jim Nill made a smart move in waiting to the day before free agency, waiting it out in case a trade was made before then that would take up someone’s spot. Below are the lists that the Stars organization just released:
Players receiving qualifying offers:
Cody Eakin: The Dallas Stars center will be looking forward to a most likely 3rd season in Dallas, and the Stars could use his physical help in the dot.
Antoine Roussel: The left wing from France is a stingy and ill-tempered force on the ice. The Stars are also looking to sign him and keep him for a third season in Dallas.
Brenden Dillon: Dillon is a physical front on the Stars blue line, and the Stars will look to pull him back in for his 3rd year of service.
Scott Glennie: This Texas Stars center killed it in the AHL last year and was a key factor in the Stars’ Calder Cup championship. He is looking to enter his fifth season with the Stars organization.
Cameron Gaunce: Gaunce plays defense for the Texas Stars and played a few games for Dallas this past season. With his skill, the Stars are looking to keep him around for his third season with the organization.
Players NOT receiving qualifying offers:
Hubert Labrie: The Texas Stars defenseman has been flip-flopping between the AHL and ECHL the past few years and will be splitting ties with the organization after 3 seasons.
Austin Smith: The right wing barely spent any time on the Texas Stars and mainly spent his time in Liiga. He is scheduled to play there next season with no contract coming from the Stars.
Tristan King: The center spent his year flopping between ECHL teams. This was his fourth year with the Stars organization with a total of 11 AHL games played.
Ryan Button: Button was a sweetener to the Seguin-Eriksson deal last year, and played this past year for both the Texas Stars and in the ECHL.
Dustin Jeffrey: Wow. No offer is surprising to me. Jeffrey was claimed off waivers back in November. He played on both Texas and Dallas this past year. Losing a forward like this is odd, but I trust Jim Nill, even though Jeffrey did end the year with impressive stats in both leagues.
Comments below on any offers or anything in general and GO STARS.