Ramblings: Honka in Dallas; Devils cap space; 2020-21 return; Boqvist; Fabbri – November 3

Michael Clifford


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Julius Honka was added back to the roster by the Stars over the weekend, as he agreed to a one-year deal for $700K. Dobber wrote about it in his Ramblings yesterday but I wanted to go a bit more in depth.

Honka is one of those players that has divided the online hockey community for years. There were high hopes for him; he was a 14th overall pick and his NHL point probability ratings were consistently high until a few years ago. He had shown flashes but – and this is just my opinion – he is reminiscent of Michael Matheson: depending on the night, he could be the best or the worst defenceman on his own team, but it's the latter much more often than the former. The flashes he shows keeps people (myself included) coming back for more.

I am in agreement with Dobber that there's not likely to be much here fantasy-wise. Either John Klingberg or Miro Heiskanen will run the two PP units, and both guys, among others, are way ahead of Honka on the depth chart for minutes.

The other aspect of this is it makes me wonder about Stephen Johns. He had been fighting concussion problems for years, returned, then left the lineup again. There is nothing official from anywhere, it just makes sense for the Stars to get some more depth on the back end, particularly from right shots.


Also just spit-balling here: I bet the Devils have some major trades in the works. Not necessarily major in raw star power, but maybe in dollars or term. As it stands right now, per Cap Friendly, the team has