Here’s a recap of what the Dallas Stars have done on the free agency front this season and a look at what has happened with their unrestricted free agents. Plus, with Fabian Brunnstrom now under contract, an update on where they stand as far as salary commitments for next season, and a look at how much they have committed in salary cap costs.
Free agent signings
Adam Burish, F: Signed two-year, $2.3 million contract
Andrew Raycroft, G: Signed two-year contract. It's two-way in 2010-11 ($700,000/$105,000) and one-way in 2011-12 ($600,000)
Restricted free agents
James Neal, LW: Not signed
Nicklas Grossman, D: Not signed
Matt Niskanen, D: Not signed
Fabian Brunnstrom, RW: Agreed to one-year, one-way contract ($675,000)
Maxime Fortunus, D: Signed two-year, two-way contract
Ray Sawada, RW: Signed one-year, two-way contract
Aaron Gagnon, C: Signed one-year, two-way contract
Trevor Ludwig, D: Signed one-year, two-way contract
Perttu Lindgren, C: Not signed, expected to play in Finland next season
AHL free agent signings
Brad Lukowich, D: Signed one-year, two-way contract
Severin Blindenbacher, D: Signed one-year, two-way contract
Travis Morin, F: Signed one-year, two-way contract
Entry-level players signed
Jace Coyle, D: Signed three-year, entry-level contract
Scott Glennie, RW: Signed three-year, entry-level contract
Unrestricted Free Agents
Mike Modano, C: Said he will decide in early August if he will play next season. Has had discussions with Detroit, Minnesota and San Jose
Marty Turco, G: Not signed
Jere Lehtinen, RW: Still deciding if he will play next season
Matt Climie, G: Signed one-year, two-way contract with Phoenix
Andrew Hutchinson, D: Signed one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh
Dan Jancevski, D: Signed two-year, two-way contract with Philadelphia
Garrett Stafford, D: Signed two-year, two-way contract with Phoenix
Warren Peters, C: Signed two-year, two-way contract with Minnesota
Tyler Shelast, RW: Unsigned
Stars' roster and salary costs
Here's a look at the Stars' salary situation based on the likely roster players. Right now it stands at just under $40.7 million for 20 players.
The Stars still have restricted free agents James Neal, Nicklas Grossman and Matt Niskanen left to sign, and it's believed the budget for salary is somewhere around $45 million.
The figures below are salary figures, not cap costs. The salary costs of several players are lower than their cap costs because the Stars structured contracts to pay out less in the first years of the deal to help the team with its current budget issues. For example, Steve Ott's salary this season is $2.1 million, but his cap cost is $2.95 million because that's the average cost of his contract over the four-year term.
Goalie Andrew Raycroft, who will compete with Brent Krahn for the backup goaltender's job, was used as the No. 2 goalie for this roster/salary breakdown.
Sutherby: $ 850,000
Stars' roster and the salary cap
Here's the same roster based on the cap cost of each player. And when it comes to cap costs, the $1.9375 million the Stars are paying Sean Avery is still on the books. As for cap costs, the Stars have 20 likely roster players under contract for a total of just under $45.3 million.
The upper limit of the salary cap this season is $59.4 million and the cap floor is $43.4 million. If the Stars spend to their salary budget of somewhere around $45 million, then chances are they will be around $50 million to $51 million in cap costs, which will put them close to the midway point behind the upper limit and the floor.