The Dallas Stars did what they could with limited cap space and upgraded their forward group at the trade deadline ahead of what they hope is a long playoff run. Both key players they got happened to be rentals who appear on this list. But more than that, no team comes back the following season with the exact same group of players. Having said that, here are the three Stars that won’t return next season.
The Stars took on Max Domi’s full contract this season since they were able to send one back and because he is underpaid. They have their top-six player who has produced in the four games since arriving in Dallas. But with the pay raise he is going to expect, the Stars won’t be able to keep him around after this season, meaning Domi will be hitting free agency.
Though the Stars would probably like to keep a nasty and skilled player like Domi, a couple of their young players have taken major steps this season and will be looking to permanently enter the top-six. Wyatt Johnston and Ty Dellandrea, both former first-round picks, have been great middle-six players this season. Although Domi has had a bounce-back campaign, the Stars could be hesitant to give him multiple years on a contract with the uncertainty that comes with him as a scorer. If another team is willing to give him more money or term, you can count on him signing there instead.
The other upcoming unrestricted free agent (UFA) the Stars brought in at the trade deadline is Evgenii Dadonov. Since his return to the NHL in 2017-18, he has slowly declined and has bounced around five teams over the past four seasons. The four-time 20-goal scorer has just six goals in 57 games this season, but has gotten off to a hot start in Dallas with two goals and six points in seven games. This could help out the veteran’s chances of getting a decent contract next season, but Dadonov would be even more of a risk to commit to than Domi.
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Dadonov doesn’t appear to be a top-six player anymore and is slotted in on the third line for the Stars. He’s providing points for the team, but the Stars have completely flipped his role. He has never started more draws in the defensive zone than offensive zone in his career until coming over to Dallas. He won’t cost $5 million to re-sign, but will likely test the open market to try and get the best deal with the longest term possible. Seeing as the Stars…
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