Breaking News: Dallas Stars Focuses on Remaining Key Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents after Loosing a Sensational Star in a Sudden Trade…

San Jose Sharks Acquire Ty Dellandrea

San Jose Sharks General Manager Mike Grier announced that the team has traded for forward Ty Dellandrea from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2025 fourth-round draft pick (Winnipeg’s selection).

Dellandrea, 23, played 42 games for the Stars last season, tallying nine points (two goals, seven assists) and accumulating 23 penalty minutes. He was sixth among team forwards in hits (63) and fifth in shorthanded ice time (78:19).

During the 2024 postseason, Dellandrea participated in six games, scoring one goal and contributing to the team’s advance to the Western Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers. Over his career, he has played in 24 Stanley Cup playoff games, netting four goals.

Throughout his NHL career, Dellandrea has appeared in 151 games, scoring 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists). Additionally, he has played 87 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Texas Stars, where he recorded 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists).

Before turning professional, Dellandrea spent four seasons with the Flint Firebirds in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), serving as assistant captain in 2017-18 and captain from 2018-19. In 231 OHL games, he scored 216 points (94 goals, 122 assists) and received the OHL Commitment Award for exemplifying leadership, passion, and dedication to hockey and community.

Internationally, he represented Team Canada at the 2020 World Junior Championship, helping the team secure a Gold Medal with five points in seven games and serving as assistant captain.

The six-foot-two, 190-pound native of Port Perry, Ontario, was drafted by Dallas in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft (13th overall).

Key Restricted Free Agents for Dallas Stars

– D Thomas Harley: Harley had a breakout season, playing 79 games with 15 goals and 32 assists. The 22-year-old could secure a significant contract this summer, potentially a long-term extension with an AAV of $5.5M to $6M, but may opt for a bridge deal due to the Stars’ cap situation.

– D Nils Lundkvist: Lundkvist, a mobile two-way defenseman, may receive a bridge deal this summer. Depending on Chris Tanev’s status, he could see a promotion next season.

– F Sam Steel: Steel, drafted in the first round in 2016, has established himself as a bottom-six forward. At 26, he might secure a multi-year deal doubling his current $850K salary.

*Other RFAs: F Oskar Back, G Matt Murray

Key Unrestricted Free Agents for Dallas Stars

– F Matt Duchene: Duchene had a strong season, scoring 25 goals and 40 assists in 80 games. Both sides are interested in a multi-year deal, likely between $4M-$5M per season.

– D Jani Hakanpaa: Despite a challenging season due to injuries, Hakanpaa remains a solid third-pair defenseman and excellent penalty killer. He could be a valuable addition for teams seeking a stay-at-home defenseman.

– D Chris Tanev: Tanev, known for his shot-blocking and physical play, fits well with the Stars. He is expected to secure a multi-year deal, possibly over $3M per season, despite concerns about long-term performance.

Other UFAs: D Gavin Bayreuther, F Nicholas Caamano, C Fredrik Karlstrom, RW Joe Pavelski, D Alex Petrovic, D Derrick Pouliot, C Scott Reedy, D Jerad Rosburg, RW Craig Smith, G Scott Wedgewood

**Projected Cap Space for Dallas Stars**

Dallas has over $16M in cap space but faces multiple free agent signings and lineup holes. The Stars will need strategic decisions to maintain their status as Stanley Cup contenders, with prospects like Mavrik Bourque ready to step up from the AHL. This summer is crucial for General Manager Jim Hill to optimize the team’s competitive window.

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