The NHL betting season still a few months away from its start, but one of the biggest stories in the offseason thus far has been the willingness of the Dallas Stars to pursue players and boost their status in the Western Conference. Last year, with Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin on the offensive front, the Stars scored goals in bunches. However, their iffy defense and the sometimes unreliable net minding from Kari Lehtonen (who, to be fair, struggled down the stretch as the team lacked a legitimate #2 goaltender to play some of the games) meant that they were on the short end of too many 5-3 and 6-4 results, when they should have been winning 3-2 and 4-2. In the off season, general manager Jim Nill has brought in key pieces at each position, as goalie Antti Niemi, defense man Johnny Oduya and forward Patrick Sharp are all coming to town – and all have Stanley Cup championships on their resume. The Chicago Blackhawks really needed to trade both Sharp and Oduva to get their salary under the cap, thanks to the huge contracts given to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, but Dallas was not in the rumor mill for either player – but now the Stars have them both. There are still a lot of quality free agents still out there waiting to sign with teams. The problem is that teams are running out of salary cap space to add more players, which means that some creativity will be necessary to fill rosters while meeting the cap. Here are is some news about some of the last free agents still out there for teams to acquire.
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