The Dallas Stars tried their best to lure John Tavares in Texas, and might still be working hard on trying to get Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson to come their way to eventually sign a lengthy contract with them. However, general manager Jim Nill might have to focus on a new plan first as rival teams are swirling around to potentially land one of his best players.
Tyler 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 Montreal Canadiens.
Excitement has been felt in Montreal which might push Habs GM Marc Bergevin to attempt, however, it seems now that Nill will have none of it. The Stars GM hopes to ink his franchise center to an extension prior to the start of the coming season.
Seguin is entering the final year of his current six-year, $34.5-million pact and has been eligible to sign a new deal as of July 1, and it seems that Nill wants to get it done before the start of the 2018-19 season.
"I hope so," Nill told Stars team reporter Mark Stepneski. "But I think I have mentioned from Day 1 that I don't want people to panic if he is not signed when the season starts.
"I think the biggest thing is we need to have a good season - get off to a good start. I hope he is signed by then, but I know if he isn't, we'll get a good year out of him and go from there. But like I said, I am hopeful we can get it done. We'll have to see."
Negotiations with Seguin's camp are ongoing, however Nill did mention that the the talks were complicated given the nature of a new deal.
"There are a lot of different things that go into this. There are signing bonuses, lockout protections," Nill explained. "There are a lot of different angles to these negotiations that come into play. We're just continuing the dialogue and going from there."
Seguin appeared in all 82 games last season, and finished with a team-leading 40 goals and 78 points.