Dallas Stars Stars unload a big contract and Bourque collects award

The Dallas Stars finally found someone to take a contract that they have been trying to unload for awhile. On Friday, it was announced that the Dallas traded Ben Bishop and a seventh round pick in this years NHL draft to the Buffalo Sabres for future considerations.

This was a much needed trade since Ben Bishop announced his retirement from the NHL in the middle of last season. This trade allows the Stars to free up 5 million dollars to put towards free agents and resigning some key players such as Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz and Jake Oettinger. I don’t see Bishop moving up to Buffalo for a season to fulfill any contract obligations. Buffalo will pay off the remainder of his contract and will get some cap relief after next season.

Hopefully, the Stars use this extra 5 million dollars they didn’t have before to their advantage. While I would like to see Robertson and Oettinger get long term extensions, wouldn’t mind seeing the Stars go after a young “big fish” free agent with some of the money.

Finally on the other side of the pond, another young Dallas Stars prospect snags a postseason award. It was announced by Dallas Stars Digital Manager Kyle Shohara that Mavrik Bourque won the Guy LeFleur Trophy. That is the trophy for Postseason Player of the Year in the QMJHL.

This news comes as other top Dallas Stars prospects such as Logan Stankoven and Wyatt Johnston came away with awards within the last two weeks. Next up for Bourque is the Memorial Cup and facing off against the WHL Champion.

These young Stars prospects are starting to gain attention and I wouldn’t be shocked if Wyatt Johnston won one final postseason award to cap off a great postseason for our top prospects. Stars fans will be in for a treat once these guys make the roster in Dallas.

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