In his most recent Mailbag column with the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Stars insider Mike Heika had a surprising answer for a Stars fan who inquired about the future of superstar Tyler Seguin. Set to hit unrestricted free-agency following the 2018-19 season, the Stars will have to make a big decision on the slick, playmaking centre’s future. Re-sign him long term, or trade him for future assets?
Check it Heika’s answer:
The Stars will not trade Seguin this year. The question is will they sign him to an extension next summer or let it run into his UFA year in 2018-19? I think a lot has to do with how this team does in the playoffs. Seguin has not been healthy enough to have playoff success, so that's a huge test for him. If he has success, the bet is he gets signed. If he doesn't (or they don't make the playoffs), the question about trading him before or during next season is very relevant.
Could you imagine the backlash in Dallas if the Stars trade Seguin or, even worse, let him walk through free-agency. He’d surely bring a bounty back to the team via trade, but then they’d spend years trying to groom the next Tyler Seguin through development.
For what it’s worth, Seguin is off to another productive season this year. With 14 goals and 29 point sin 34 games this season, Seguin looks poised to cash in when his contract does expire next offseason. Whether that’s in Dallas or elsewhere however, remains to be seen.