Wild West:  Dallas Stars – Organization Review

Grant Campbell


Dallas had a good season after missing the playoffs in 2020-21, by winning 46 games in 2021-22 and finishing with 98 points. They lost in the first round to the Calgary Flames in a hard-fought seven games, with the deciding game going to overtime. They will be challenged to repeat that next season as they have some salary cap and depth issues.

GM and Coach

Jim Nill has been the GM in Dallas since April 29, 2013, and will be entering his 10th season with them in 2022-23. In his nine seasons, the Stars made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in a 2019-20 loss to Tampa Bay. They have missed the playoffs four times during that period.

Rick Bowness stepped down as coach on May 20th, 2022 after three seasons in Dallas. The Stars are on the hunt for a new coach.

Salary Cap

Next season, Dallas has just over $17.5 million in cap space to re-sign or replace seven unrestricted free agents and two big-name restricted free agents in Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger.

The cap hit for expiring UFAs is around $16 million, most notably $6.25 million for Alexander Radulov and $4.25 for John Klingberg.

Draft Picks

Dallas has all of their entry picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024 except for their third-round pick in 2023 and their fourth-round pick in 2024. Oddly, they don't have one pick from a trade that was originally the property of another team. This could change before or during the 2022 draft.

Free Agents

Unrestricted free agents are Alexander Radulov (35 years old), Michael Raffl (33), Vladislav Namestnikov (29), John Klingberg (29), Andrej Sekera (35), Scott Wedgewood (29) and Braden Holtby (32).

With the playoffs that Jake Oettinger had, I'm not sure how the Stars can afford to bring back Klingberg at what I'm going to guess is between $5.5 to 6.5 million AAV. They mig