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Do Stars have too much money tied up in veterans?

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10:00 AM ET 11.03 | While frustrated Stars fans call for trades or seek any way to shake up a defense they feel is underperforming, the reality of the situation is that trades might be difficult to make in the 2013-14 NHL season. Following last season's lockout, the league set an artificially low salary cap of $64.3 million, and 17 of the league's 30 teams are currently within $800,000 of that level. That means the ability to shuffle players is going to be hampered in the short-term. "What we're seeing is that they have to be dollar-for-dollar deals, and those are difficult to make," said Stars general manager Jim Nill. "Things have a way of shaking out, and people have a way of being creative, but I do think this is going to be a season where making trades could be a little tougher." Dallas sits 24th in projected cap payroll at $60.9 million, leaving $3.4 million available. The league cap allows Nill to absorb some criticism just six months into his new job. If indeed everyone is pushing the cap, and if indeed those "cap teams" are going to want to make trades at some point, then it would seem teams with cap space and money would have a huge advantage. The Stars spent a good deal of cap space in the summer when they acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar ($5 million a season) and center Shawn Horcoff ($5.5 million) -- and both will be under contract for this season and next. Mixing those two in with highly-paid veterans Alex Goligoski ($4.6 million), Ray Whitney ($4.5 million) and Eric Cole ($4.5 million), the Stars seem to have way too much money tied up in players who aren't performing.

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November 3, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Yup...

No argument.


The hope is that the kids will be ready sooner than later. Out of all the "listed above" only Whitney is providing much and that's primarily leadership.

The rest - pretty much passengers.

November 3, 2013  10:10 AM ET

They're just in the wrong conference. If they played in the East they'd be tied for 9th not tied for next to last. Thank God for Edmonton, eh boys?

November 3, 2013  10:20 AM ET

I don't understand how a GM could give Gonch a 2 year $5 mill per deal. In his prime he may have been worth that (maybe) but now? And Gogo never was worth what they are giving him. Is the GM who signed those contracts still with the Stars?

November 3, 2013  11:20 AM ET

as long as the older player don't have albatross contracts then there really shouldn't be a problem. none of the veteran contracts are on the books after next season and none of them are too ridiculous, so I don,t really see the problem. Gonchar's salary is way too high for sure...but if the major problem is 1 guy making 5.5 million for 2 seasons while you are in rebuild mode, then whatever. Horcoff and Cole are also both off the books at the end of next year. If the talent develops, if the Stars decide to dump those three players (or perhaps re-sign a guy like Cole at a lower salary), with the cap bumping up they could find themselves with substantial spending money and an attractive young roster.

November 3, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't understand how a GM could give Gonch a 2 year $5 mill per deal. In his prime he may have been worth that (maybe) but now? And Gogo never was worth what they are giving him. Is the GM who signed those contracts still with the Stars?

Gonchar is Nill's signing. He has shown signs of coming around since being paired with Jordie Benn.

As far as Goligoski - that GM that gave Neal to you guys for him and then gave him that bag of money is long gone.

November 3, 2013  04:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yup... No argument. The hope is that the kids will be ready sooner than later. Out of all the "listed above" only Whitney is providing much and that's primarily leadership. The rest - pretty much passengers.

You mean .... you're disappointed in Shawn Horcoff? Who would have ever imagined that?

November 3, 2013  04:39 PM ET

Center Shawn Horcoff is suffering from Oil influenza. ;-)

November 3, 2013  06:03 PM ET

We shall see.

There is a lot,of bodies doing not a heck of a lot for the money, but they won today..

 
November 3, 2013  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

We shall see. There is a lot,of bodies doing not a heck of a lot for the money, but they won today..

Yup.


Really need to string a few together now.

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