You can’t win the Stanley Cup during the summer. However, you can help build a playoff contender during the offseason.
Stars general manager Jim Nill is banking on this old hockey adage, hoping a series of bold moves this summer vaults his club back into contention next season.
On Monday, Nill and the Stars landed arguably the most coveted forward on the free agent market, signing right wing Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25 million contract. Radulov’s addition follows those of goaltender Ben Bishop, defenseman Marc Methot and center Martin Hanzal, all of whom were acquired in trades or signed as free agents by Dallas this summer, not to mention the hiring of head coach Ken Hitchcock.
“We’re excited about these moves, but we’re going to work now. It doesn’t guarantee anything,” Nill said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “We like what we have on paper, but in the end the goal for us is to be a contender every year, get in the playoffs every year. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but we still have to go out and do it.”
Spoken like a man whose team finished out of the playoffs with the sixth-worst record in the NHL last year despite having star players like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza on its roster. In fact, the Stars missed the playoffs two of the past three seasons and in seven of the last nine Direct Cheap Jerseys even China Cheap Jerseys with some decent talent, so the GM’s take-nothing-for-granted attitude is to be expected.