It seemed like the Dallas Stars were part of the summer’s biggest storylines, and with another twist thrown their way by the Montreal Gazette, it might not be over yet.
Earlier this summer, the Stars were on John Tavares and still rumored to be in on trade talks with the Senators about Erik Karlsson. It appears that the Stars are ready to go all-in to add the star defenseman, however, if this move takes place, it will have a huge impact on the status of Stars’ center Tyler Seguin.
The star forward still has a year left on his current contract, however, when asked about his contract situation in Dallas, Seguin said he’s leaving all that to his representatives.
“My focus is I have another year with the Dallas Stars, so there is no real thought of thinking of other teams or thinking of free agency. My focus is getting ready to play this year.”
Seguin is set to get a pay raise next summer, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, and the Stars might not be able to offer him what he has in mind. Many believe Seguin would fetch more than that as a free agent, and the Montreal Gazette wonders if he would be interested to play for the Canadiens.
Let's be clear here, even Stu Cowan tells Habs fans not to hold their breath, but he does also give good arguments that it could be tempting for Seguin to join the Canadian team.
"Canadiens coach Claude Julien was coaching the Bruins when they traded Seguin to the Stars in July 2013, along with Ryan Button and Rich Peverley, in exchange for Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Loui Eriksson."
On top of reuniting with his former Bruins coach, Cowan also notes that Seguin might be tempted to join one of his close friends, Canadiens blue liner Jordie Benn, who was traded to Montreal for Greg Pateryn and a fourth round pick at the 2017 Trade deadline.
"Canadiens defenceman Jordie Benn is good friends with Seguin. In fact, the last time Benn shaved his beard was because of Seguin after losing a Super Bowl bet three years ago."
However, the Habs don't have much time to convince Seguin to join them. If Seguin becomes a free agent next summer, why would he want to come to a team that keeps pushing back a much needed rebuild? Montreal is also known to be one of the most demanding markets for hockey players, and let's not forget the tax mess players have to face.
Don't get me wrong, the Canadiens are expected to have the cap space to make Seguin a lucrative offer if he tests the free agent market next summer. But let's be honest, they also had the cash to make competitive pitches for Tavares and Paul Stastny this time around, and neither player wanted to come to Montreal.
Would it be any different for Seguin?