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Dallas could be a major player in free agency, trade talks

May 21, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

Jim Lites, Tom Gaglardi, Joe Nieuwendyk Getty Images

Some interesting quotes came from Dallas last week after Fox Sports Southwest’s Bob Sturm spoke with the Stars braintrust.

Owner Tom Gaglardi, President Jim Lites and GM Joe Nieuwendyk were all on hand to welcome back Bob Gainey to the organization in a consulting role and shed light onto what Dallas might do this offseason.

If their words were any indication, it could be a big summer in the Big D.

“We are without budget,” Lites said. “As crazy as that sounds. We are restricted by only the CBA and fitting long and short term into that system. This is a different situation than we have been in for the last four seasons –- which is we have an owner who is willing to spend and not being run by the league.

“We are prepared to spend what we need to spend.”

More, from Sturm:

I asked Tom Gaglardi if he anticipated the Stars being front and center on July 1 with all of this cap space. His response? “Uh, Yes. We have identified some guys we are going to pursue hard. And so we expect to be in the mix.”

The boldness and confidence with which these two men speak is quite wonderful to see. I think we can examine the shallow pools in free agency and see this is not the greatest summer to have loads of money. But, there are more than just one way to do this. You also have a number of teams who are now squeezed badly by the cap and are looking for some relief by dealing away a piece.

Lites: “You know what is out there now? The Brad Richards type. The reason we got Brad Richards is that he became available for prospects because Tampa Bay fell apart after they paid him. Other teams have lost flexibility and they may want to move that guy. Contracted players who either have no trade clauses but will waive it to come here and you may be able to work things through with that guy who may have a burdensome contract for their team. For instance, you see Jeff Carter in Los Angeles who Columbus didn’t want to keep.”

The Stars project to have $20 million in available cap space, depending on what they do with UFAs Sheldon Souray, Radek Dvorak and Sheldon Souray Adam Burish. What’s key is that Dallas sounds like it’ll take on money in any way, shape or form — and that’s huge, considering the number of cumbersome contracts currently out there.

Remember, we’ve seen players with mega-deals moved in recent years: Mike Richards (12 years, $69 million), Brian Campbell (eight years, $57 million) and Carter, who has seen his 11-year, $58 million deal traded twice.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    “depending on what they do with UFAs Sheldon Souray, Radek Dvorak and Sheldon Souray.”

    So is Souray doubly important to them or something?

    • danphipps01 - May 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Souray’s got a secret identical twin, but rather than playing on a line with him like the Sedins, they just swap out occasionally so the other one can take a vacation. That, or PHT writers don’t proofread their posts. Either or.

      • Mike Halford - May 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        I resent that remark. It originally read Sheldon Souray, Sheldon Souray and Sheldon Souray.

  2. supr49er - May 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Hi, I’m Radek, this is my Brother Sheldon and my other brother Sheldon.

  3. hiltonandastoria - May 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Dallas Wants to be a major player in FA
    but wont

    • bufordmaddogtannen - May 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Would you care to explain your blind, broad, ignorant statement sir?

      • hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Dallas is on the verge of Nothing, You won’t see any player of consequence decide to go there until they have a more stable foundation.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Bookmark this blog, so when Dallas doesnt sign or trades for anyone major and ends up NOT being a Major player and we can talk about who is Blind and Ignorant.

        Quick name me all the major Free agents choosing Dallas in the past 5-7-10 years

  4. jimw81 - May 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Here’s a great argument for the NHLPA to bring up in CBA talks.

  5. dallasstars9 - May 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Well, after reading all these blind, broad, and ignorant statements I for one remain positive. Just the fact that they have the resources to be a player in the FA market is reassuring that this organization is headed in the right direction.

    • bufordmaddogtannen - May 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Agreed, the dude certainly seems willing to shell out the cash to ensure that the next few years will be a departure from the lackluster years we have had recently.

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