The Dallas Stars are already thinking about next season and GM Jim Nill could soon get to work on reshaping his roster for the 2016-17 campaign.
Specifically, the Stars could have a very different-looking blueline next season, as the Dallas Morning News reports pending unrestricted free agents Alex Goligoski, Kris Russell, Jason Demers and Jordie Benn might not be re-signed.
As the Morning News notes, with youngster Esa Lindell set to make the roster next season, the Stars are unlikely to keep all of their current defensemen.
By not re-signing Goligoski, Benn, Russell or Demers, the Stars would free up around $8 million in salary cap space, and Nill could then target one of the top defensemen available this summer.
The Stars are also expected to be active in the trade market and could target several defensemen to pursue this summer, possibly around the NHL Draft in late-June.
The Morning News suggests Goligoski could command upwards of $5 million, per season, on a five-year deal, while Demers could be looking to sign a long-term contract worth around $4 million, annually.