Originally posted by eamjr10:
It was inevitable.....Ribs is going into the last season of his contract, his play has slightly declined over the last couple of years, it frees up about 4 mil in cap space, and he is 32 years old and it looks as if GM Joe is trying to rebuild this team with youth.
We got a young prospect in Cody Eakin that I think has the potential to be a 2nd-line Center eventually, the only thing I was really upset about was the draft pick they recieved....I thought that a 2nd rounder was a little low.
The Stars will definetely have to pick up a C in free agency though to fill the gap this upcoming season, it is not going to be easy to replace Ribs' 60-70 points. I also would not be suprised to see guys like Morrow, and Ott being moved before training camps...GMJN is apparently determined to shake up this veteran core of a team that has missed the playoffs for 3 straight seasons. I will wait and see how active the Stars will be come Jul. 1 before I get too worked up over it.
Yeah it was inevitable. I think GM Joe wants to create more space for our up and coming younger guys to get some ice time. We have a ton of guys turning pro this year or next year. Just from the forward crop:
RW Scott Glennie - spent a year in minors, played well but not spectacular. Will compete for NHL spot
RW Reilly Smith - finished up a great college career, will be competing for NHL spot
RW Alex Chiasson - also finished up a great college career, will be competing for NHL spot
RW Austin Smith - also finished up a great college career, will be competing for NHL spot
LW Alex Guptil - first year at Michigan, played very well. Probably 2 years away from NHL
RW Matej Stransky - exploded in Canadian Juniors, will probably go to minors next year
LW Matt Fraser - played well in minors, will probably stay there for another year with outside shot at NHL roster
C Emil Molin - played pretty good in the Swedish pro league, probably 1 year away from coming overseas
Glennie, the 2 Smiths, Chiasson, Stranksy and Fraser will be fighting over 2-3 spots on the NHL team.