Wild West: Western Roster Changes – Part Two

Grant Campbell

2021-08-16

I spent quite a few hours this weekend, reading Dobber's Hockey Fantasy Guide for 2021-22 and as usual, found it super enlightening. Part of what I enjoy the most is seeing what Dobber and the other writers have to say about players and teams and how it measures up to what I think. Differences happen but the information is the key and of that there is plenty.

Here is part two of our look at additions and subtractions:

Dallas Stars

Addition:

Luke Glendening – C – The 32-year old Glendening was signed as an unrestricted free agent for two years at $1.5 million AAV. Players like Glendening never show up well with analytics, partially because of their OZ starts (he hasn't exceeded 36% since 2013-14) and their defensive role. He is one of the best face-off men in the NHL, can play physically and is a very good penalty killer. His career-high in goals is 12 and points 23, so he won't provide much in the way of offense.

Ryan Suter – D – Suter was bought out by Minnesota and signed as an unrestricted free agent by Dallas for four years at $3.65 million AAV. He is 36-years old so it is difficult to imagine this contract not being a burden by year three or four. If Suter can mentor Miro Heiskanen and improve his play in any way then that might be worth the price alone.

Jani Hakanpaa – D – The big Finn was signed as an unrestricted free agent for three years at $1.5 million AAV. He has 230 hits in 62 NHL games in his career and the Stars will look for him to continue his physical play while playing 16-18 minutes per game on the bottom pairing.

Braden Holtby – G – He was bought out of the last year of his contract by Vancouver and signed by Dallas for one year at $2 million. This was a bit of a peculiar signing as Jake Oettinger played 29 games last year with a 91.1 save percentage. Holtby has been well below average the past two seasons and there is not much to suggest him reversing that trend at 31 years of age.

Michael Raffl – F – He was signed as an unrestricted free agent for one year at $1.1 million. The Stars added Raffl to bolster the bottom six as he is capable of sliding up to the third line at times, but his offense is limited. He is capable of 10 goals and 20 points while providing a solid defensive game.

Subtractions:

Jason Dickinson – C – The Stars feared that they would lose Dickinson in the expansion draft so they traded him to Vancouver for a 3rd round pick in 2021. He has emerged as a fairly good shutdown center with limited offensive capabilities. Dallas will miss him but the addition of Glendening should be an even exchange for the next two seasons.

Jamie Oleksiak – D – Seattle took Oleksiak in the expansion draft as he provided tremendous size at 6'7" and 255 lbs and played top-four minutes last season averaging 20: