Apr 23, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) warms up before game four against the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Ducks 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Sign Fiddler, What's Next?


Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill struck a deal with veteran Vernon Fiddler on a 2-year deal today. Fiddler had been part of the Stars for the past three seasons, compiling 18 goals and 51 points. Fiddler’s presence has been felt in many other ways than what he puts up on the scoreboard. Fiddler is seen as an important character player who is aiding in the development of a very young Stars team.

Hearing Fiddler has re-signed with the Stars may have caught more than a few people off guard. Fiddler seemed frustrated at points last season, which  lead to him asking for a trade. He ended up sorting out his problems with head coach Lindy Ruff and made an important contribution to the Stars making the playoffs.

Fiddler’s deal is worth a total of 2.5 million dollars over two seasons. The first season is worth 1 million, while the second season is worth 1.5 million.

The signing of Fiddler makes for some very interesting scenerios in Dallas. The top six forwards seem to be primarily set with Seguin, Benn, Nichuskin, Spezza, Hemsky and Cole. The third line is expected to be Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt. That then leaves a plethora of forwards left for fourth line duties. Peverley (if healthy), Eaves, Sceviour, Horcoff, and Fiddler will all seemingly figure into a fourth line role, right?

The depth of the Stars is currently undeniable. GM Jim Nill has done a great job improving the team in the past 48 hours. However, he may not be done. I definitely see at least one more move this offseason. Nill will need to find a way to free up the log jam of forwards hoping to play on the fourth line this season. Other players not mentioned who should challenge for fourth line minutes include Texas Stars forwards Curtis McKenzie, Travis Morin, and Brett Ritchie.

Whats do you think is next for the Dallas Stars? What will they do with the log jam of forwards in the bottom six? Leave a comment below or tweet us @BlackoutDallas

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