Good afternoon, Stars fans! The weekend is almost over, but so is the countdown (maybe not)! Nonetheless, 81 days until the Dallas Stars open their regular season at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Antoine Roussel’s Arbitration News:
Some recent news has surfaced regarding Antoine Roussel’s arbitration case.
After Roussel decided to file for salary arbitration along with 19 other NHL players on July 5th, including teammate Cameron Gaunce who settled a deal with the Stars a few days later, he has recently come up with an asking price.
Quick note: if you are lost on the arbitration subject, please read my article here about the entire process.
Roussel, 24, completed his first full NHL season this past year, and it was filled with agitation and physicality. Roussel completed the year with 14 goals and 15 assists, as well as 209 penalty minutes, which ranked him third in the NHL for that category. So, with all that being said, is Roussel really worth his asking price of $2.35 million per year?
A popular comparison has now arisen, and it is examining Roussel’s situation with linemate Ryan Garbutt.
Garbutt, 28, completed his first 82 possible game season this past year, and put up three more goals than Roussel. Being that Garbutt was scheduled to be a UFA at the end of this season, the Stars acted quickly and shined the rising star to a three-year extension, worth $1.8 million per year.
So the question boils down to this: Is Roussel worth more than Garbutt?
These two linemates are the best of friends on and off the ice, no less.
Letting that question settle into your brain, back to the compromising. The Stars have a counter offer set at $1.15 million per, which Roussel is not expected to take in any way, shape or form. Which means that they will be flying to Toronto this week.
Roussel’s hearing with an official arbitrator and the Stars organization is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22nd, up in Canada. Basically, it means that the two sides will present their story to a mediator, and the mediator will come up with a justified and fair contract that the two sides will agree on. So the good news is that it’s basically a lock that Roussel will be skating in green come next year. The hearing will help clear everything up.
81 days till puck drop.
What do you think Roussel’s contract should end up being?
Leave your comments and questions below. Go Stars.