Monday, May 4, 2015

What to Expect from the Texas Stars Offseason

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
With the 2014-15 regular season in the rearview, Texas now looks to an offseason that is much longer than they would like. Certainly, it is the longest they've had in three years.

Here's the outline of what you should expect this summer for the timeline.

June 26-27 - NHL Draft
The big story in the NHL Draft is the top two pick drama. Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will be the top two picks in the draft, both predicted to be game-changing talents. Edmonton and Buffalo have the first two picks.

Dallas picks at 12th. Players in this draft won't show up in the AHL for at least two more years barring any sort of Jack Campbell or Julius Honka situation.

June 30 - Qualifying Offers Due
Restricted free agents on expiring Dallas contracts must be issues qualifying offers by June 30th for Dallas to retain their rights for the coming season. I have a lot of information about this process in the glossary above. Dallas's RFAs for this season include Patrik Nemeth, Jyrki Jokipakka, Jamie Oleksiak, Curtis McKenzie, Ludwig Karlsson, Jack Campbell and Scott Glennie. Not all of those players will get "QOs."

July 1 - Free Agency Begins
The frenzy begins as unrestricted free agents may sign with any club on July 1. You won't see players destined for the AHL signed on the first day, most likely, but you will probably see them within a few days of that starting gun. Dallas UFAs include Cameron Gaunce. All of Texas' AHL-only contracts are expiring at this time as well (Maxime Fortunus, Derek Meech, Derek Hulak, etc.).

Early July - Development Camp
Players who were drafted in the 2015 Draft and other younger guys will gather in Frisco for the first organized activity of the new season. Mostly this is skills work and practices with a lot of off-ice strength and nutrition work as well. It's a good chance to see some of the younger guys for the first time, but the only real 'game' style action is a scrimmage on the final day. Julius Honka will be attending.

September 11-15 - Traverse City
Traverse City, Michigan, becomes a hub of the hockey world in September as eight teams, including Dallas, send their prospects to the northern Michigan city to play a quick tournament. Derek Laxdal coached the prospects last year. If you can go, it's a great chance to rub elbows with the bigshots of the hockey world in the stands.

Late September - Training Camp in Cedar Park
While dates have yet to be announced, we know that the Dallas Stars will open training camp ofr the 2015-16 year in Cedar Park in late September. At that point, the season will be underway...

5 comments:

  1. Can you give us a list that shows the contracts of the whole Texas Roster? Under what contract? When does that contract expire? You have listed some today, but I believe last year you did it for the whole roster?

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  2. Who are the players not expected to receive qualifying offers?

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    1. Well, if I told you now, that would ruin a whole month's worth of posts (and anticipation). ;-)

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  3. 1 Campbell back in Texas
    2 Wrenn signs elsewhere I'll start the speculative post
    4 Lindell back in Texas
    5 Backman back in Texas
    6 Jamie O...traded by Dallas
    7 Honka back in Texas
    8 Henderson sadly not with Texas
    9 Meech one more year in Texas then retires
    10 Dowling in Texas but on call up alert
    11 Troock back in Texas
    12 Nemeth in Dallas
    14 Smith back in Texas
    15 Glennie..with another organization
    16 McKenzie in Dallas
    17 Ully with Texas
    18 Max. Not back but if he is flip Meech to gone
    19 Ranford in Texas but first call up
    20 Ritchie with Dallas
    21 Root could make Texas roster
    22 Valentine back with Texas
    23 Morin back with Texas
    24 Gaunce signs elsewhere
    25 Peters back with Texas
    Mangene want him back in Texas but 50/50 he is
    27 Rallo back as veteran leadership with Texas
    28 Stransky back with Texas
    29 Faksa healthy and back with Texas
    34 Shore welcome back to Texas
    36 Bystrom with Texas
    37 Jankman with Texas
    38 Dickinson with Texas
    39 Hulak re-signed and back with Texas
    40 Rynnas back with Texas

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