Although nothing compares to the wild 4th of July many in the Stars' Hockey-sphere encountered, yesterday was quite busy, for a free agency-stagnant, summer offseason day. Below are a few pieces of news worth noting.
Valeri Nichushkin locked in for three years
As stated before, Nichushkin may be NHL ready come October. Yesteday he signed his 3-year entry level deal which reportedly could carry a cap hit of up to $2.3 million if all bonuses are earned (contract details haven't been confirmed). He has expressed his own desire to play on the big club as early as fall and many think he is capable of doing so. Watching him at development camp, he did look bored. That's not to say when he was putting on the jets, it was apparent he was on another level compared to other prospects on the ice. Signing this quickly should erase many doubts about his commitment to the Stars and his departure from the KHL.
Joe McDonnell and Mark Leach hired
Surprised? These two bring over two decades of combined experience from Detroit. Jim Nill set out to inquire about bringing them on board as their contracts had expired with the Red Wings. They were given the option to depart if they wanted to. They did, and they will be here filling voids left by Shane Churla (who went to Montreal) and former Director of amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt (fired by Niewendyk in 2011). Detroit has had an immense amount of success scouting, drafting, signing, and developing players within their system and to pull guys like this into Dallas is testament to Nill's long term commitment to success here with the Stars.
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