Dallas Stars: Three Things To Watch For On Day One Of Free Agency

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 26: Tyler Seguin
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It’s time for things to get crazy across the NHL. With the free agency market officially open for business, here are three things that the Dallas Stars might get involved in during the first day.

“It’s finally here.”

I’ve used this phrase a lot over the past few weeks. From the expansion draft protected list submissions, to the expansion draft night itself, to the NHL entry draft, and finally to the qualifying offers and buyout period, there’s been a lot of high times in the month of June.

And now the last monumental moment in the 2017 NHL offseason has arrived: the opening of the free agency market.

It’s an annual tradition on July 1 in the hockey world, and is the prime opportunity for NHL teams to pick up players from the outside that will help make their team better. The Dallas Stars have been no stranger to this event over the past few years.

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In 2014, they traded for Jason Spezza and signed Ales Hemsky. In 2015, they re-signed Patrick Eaves. Two days earlier, they signed Antti Niemi, and a few days after, they traded for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns and signed Johnny Oduya. In the most recent offseason, they signed Dan Hamhuis and re-signed Eaves yet again.

Nill seems to enjoy the day. He is willing to push the limits and do what it takes to make his team better. This year needs to be no different. The Dallas Stars are in need of a few tweaks come 11 a.m. today, specifically on offense. They have their goaltending and defense rounded out, but have some voids on the right wing that need filling.

Now is their last prime chance to get that done. Nill will have to be aggressive and act quickly, but could come out with a top-notch roster by the end of it. It all depends on how he handles things.

Here are three things that all Stars fans should watch out for once the clock hits 11 a.m. today.