Jul. 12, 2022
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>TheMooterus</b></div><div>Not commenting on the value of the deal, but the Stars can quickly solve that cap issue by buying out Suter. Buying out Suter gives Dallas enough cap to sign Dellandrea to a <$2M contract, call up both Harley and Stankoven for NHL roles, and sign cheap depth pieces for the 4th line/3rd pair (internal candidates would be Joel Hanley & Jacob Peterson)</div></div>
While I do agree with you that the Suter buyout is something I would consider; I dont think Nill buyous out Suter, given his endearment (for better or worse) of veteran players. The Suter and Pavelski family connection is really close, and with Pavelski extending for another year, I have to assume that implies that Suter is planning on playing another year or two. Though, I can see Suter retiring if the Stars make a deep run, something Suter has never done in his career.
I think ultimately Suter will decide when he is done. If anything, they may bury Suter's contract in the minors and have him move into a different part of the organization for the life of his contract, similar to Comeau last year and Bishop the last couple years ("Officially" starting next year).
While I think anytime would like ROR on their team for a playoff push, he is less valuable to the Stars:
1. Giving one of your rivals your young assets for 3 months of a player isnt a great long term vision.
2. Stars Center Depth is one of their best aspects of the team. Hintz, Pavelski, Benn, Seguin, Johnston, Dellandrea, Faksa, and Glendening can all play center if need be, and a majority of them are penalty killers. ROR would be redundant, and forcing one of their other centers to play on the wing.
3. GM Jim Nill has already said he's not really interested in trading a future first for a rental this year, or giving up their top prospects. Given the commentary above, it sounds like the Blues are best to find the best package elsewhere.