The Dallas Stars have already had a busy offseason.
Even after falling short in their bid for John Tavares, there are plenty of new names and faces for Stars fans to learn as we head toward the 2018-19 campaign.
But with any addition a team makes in free agency, organizations are forced to face a fair share of their own departures. The Dallas Stars are no different.
Here we will take a look at the players the Stars have lost this summer, and fans will get to vote whether the Stars will ‘miss’ those players or ‘dismiss’ them as they embark on their NHL journeys elsewhere. Then, fans can do the same for the Stars’ new incoming talent.
Up first, Miss ’em or Dismiss ’em with the players that the Stars have parted ways with this summer…
Antoine Roussel, LW
How he left: Signed four-year, $12 million deal with Vancouver Canucks.
73 games played | 17 points [5 goals, 12 assists] | Plus-1
104 hits | 126 penalty minutes | 12:26 average time on the ice
Stats with Dallas (6 seasons):
413 games played | 141 points [64 goals, 77 assists] | Minus-5
632 hits | 806 penalty minutes | 13:27 average time on the ice
The rundown: Despite becoming a fan favorite over his career in Dallas, when it came to Antoine Roussel’s free agency, the Dallas Stars just weren’t able to offer ‘Rous’ the money he inevitably found on the open market.
From SportsDay contributor Josh Lile: “Roussel could skate, chip in the occasional goal, and he was an excellent penalty killer with the ability to push the attack up the ice when given the chance to do so. The Stars might not miss him on the ice as much as fans will miss him off the ice. One of the first questions the Stars answered this offseason was how they were going to try to replace him.“
Greg Pateryn, D
How he left: Signed three-year, $6.57 million deal with Minnesota Wild
73 games played | 13 points [1 goals, 12 assists] | Plus-6
155 hits | 148 blocked shots | 19:37 average time on the ice
Stats with Dallas (2 seasons):
85 games played | 16 points [1 goals, 15 assists] | Plus-4
180 hits | 171 blocked shots | 19:19 average time on the ice
The rundown: Pateryn proved a valuable asset to the Dallas Stars last season playing on a salary worth less than $1 million. After a decent season and still in his late-20s, Pateryn became another Star to find greener pastures (literally) in Minnesota with an organization willing to spend the money the Stars were not.
His departure from the defensive end opens up more ice time for names such as Julius Honka or possibly Miro Heiskanen.
Curtis McKenzie, LW
How he left: Signed two-year, $1.5 million deal with Vegas Golden Knights
7 games played | 2 points [0 goals, 2 assists] | Plus-3 | 8 hits
Stats with Dallas (4 seasons):
99 games played | 23 points [10 goals, 13 assists] | Minus-1 | 200 hits
The rundown: McKenzie’s most significant amount of playing time at the NHL level came under Lindy Ruff in 2016 where he appeared in 53 games. In the meantime, he has played well at the AHL level.
However, in addition to playing seven forwards that are younger than McKenzie during the 2017 season, Dallas has young forwards like Denis Gurianov, Roope Hintz, Riley Tufte and Val Nichushkin waiting in the wings.
Up next, Miss ’em or Dismiss ’em with the newest Stars…
Valeri Nichushkin, RW
Last NHL team: Dallas Stars
Contract: Two-year, $5.9 million deal with Dallas Stars
2017-18 stats (KHL):
50 games played | 27 points [16 goals, 11 assists] | Plus-11
The rundown: The No. 10 overall pick in 2013, Nichushkin returned to the KHL after playing three seasons with Dallas. Nichushkin just turned 23 and could now be better prepared for NHL play after two seasons with CSKA Moscow. He should have the opportunity to step right into a top six forward role. Nichushkin was fourth on his team in scoring this season in Russia.
Blake Comeau, LW
Last NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
Contract: Three-year, $7.2 million deal with Dallas Stars
79 games played | 34 points [13 goals, 21 assists] | Plus-5
145 hits | 38 blocked shots | 15:52 average time on the ice
The rundown: Comeau, 32, has appeared in 720 career games with five NHL teams. In the last three seasons with Colorado, Comeau played in 237 of a possible 246 games and had 33 goals with 90 points.
“Comeau is going to give the Stars a fairly close approximation of what Roussel brought to the ice, and he might actually be better,” says SportsDay contributor Josh Lile.
Roman Polak, D
Last NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Contract: One-year, $1.3 million deal with Dallas Stars
54 games played | 12 points [2 goals, 10 assists] | Plus-5
131 hits | 84 blocked shots | 17:39 average time on the ice
The rundown: Polak, 32, will fill in as another veteran presence alongside Marc Methot inside the Stars’ young defensive group.
“Roman is a tested, veteran defenseman who brings a physical element to our back end,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. “He is a respected competitor and will help round out our defensive group.”
Anton Khudobin, G
Last NHL team: Boston Bruins
Contract: Two-year, $5 million deal with Dallas Stars
31 games played (29 starts) | 16-6-7 (W-L-T/OTL)
.913 save percentage | 2.56 goals against average
The rundown: With Ben Bishop as the clear No. 1 in net, the Stars were in the market for a clear No. 2. A career backup goalie, Khudobin heads to Dallas with a deal worth what Kari Lehtonen made last season alone. The first plus, Dallas has Khudobin locked up for two.
From SportsDay contributor Josh Lile: “The expectations for a backup goalie need to be reasonable. For the Stars, they needed a guy capable of playing 30 or so games respectably. That’s it. Khudobin fills that need admirably.”
Colton Point, G
Last team: Colgate (NCAA)
Contract: Three-year, entry-level deal with Dallas Stars
33 games played (29 starts) | 16-12-5 (W-L-T)
.944 save percentage | 1.74 goals against average
The rundown: Point, 20, along with 2017 first-round pick Jake Oettinger, make up the young core of goalies in the Stars’ system. He recently decided to turn pro rather than finish his college career.
Point’s year at Colgate included a 51-save shutout of Harvard, and becoming a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s version of the Heisman.