Mar 18, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Nashville Predators defenseman Michael Del Zotto (5) skates with the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Rexall Place. Edmonton Oilers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars Power Countdown: 64 Days: Del Zotto Gone

We’re on our way through the week. We’re also on our way towards the Stars season opener! 64 days until the Dallas Stars open their season against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th at the American Airlines Center.

So, as many of you know, Blackout Dallas along with multiple Stars fans had a long-standing idea and hope that the Dallas Stars would complete the “perfect offseason” by bringing in some key and definitely-needed help on the struggling blue line. There were talks about trying to snag Subban down the road (click here for the article), and there were also talks about trading for Keith Yandle throughout this season (click here for that one).

But the main idea shared by writers and fans alike was to go for Michael Del Zotto (here’s an in-depth article on him). With Del Zotto’s high-end skill and his low-end average salary, he seemed to be the perfect fit in Dallas. He would come in and beef up the blue line with his two-way skill and help turn the Stars’ defense back into the powerhouse it used to be known for (years upon years ago).

But Del Zotto is officially off the table and the Stars will have to look elsewhere for a franchise tag for their back pairs. Del Zotto signed with the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon, linking himself with the organization for a one-year deal. The deal came in wake of the Flyers’ learning about long-time defenseman Kimmo Timonen being diagnosed with blood clots in his right leg and lungs. This could truly shut down the 39 year-old and keep him out of the NHL for the rest of his career. Del Zotto will serve as a fill-in for Timonen, who signed a one-year extension two months prior to learning of the news yesterday.

So with Del Zotto out of the question and Subban and Yandle being distant targets, the Stars defense will have to survive off the younglings. To read more about this predicament, click here.

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