As the Stars recover from the heartbreak of the Western Conference Finals, GM Jim Nill has kept himself occupied.

Here is a snapshot of the latest whispers and rumblings around Dallas hockey.

Tanev is a Priority

This isn’t surprising. In an effort to retain defensive nastiness and strength, hockey pundits Jeff Marek and Darren Drager reported the Stars made an effort to re-sign Chris Tanev. Marek is a hockey analyst and host of the 32 Thoughts podcast for Sportsnet, while Dreger covers all things NHL on TSN. The Stars acquired Tanev from the Calgary Flames in a three-team deal, giving up defenseman prospect Artem Grushnikov, a 2024 second-round pick, and a conditional 2026 NHL third-round pick. At 34 years old, Tanev can be a key part of the blue line on and off the ice.

Interest in a Golden Knight

NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman mentioned on the 32 Thoughts podcast that Dallas is potentially interested in forward William Carrier. An original ‘Misfit’ selected from the Buffalo Sabres during the 2017 Expansion Draft, Carrier has been a stable and rugged bottom-six forward for the Vegas Golden Knights.

The forward might not put glamorous offensive numbers, but he makes up for it in defense. His last three seasons combined are a +25 (+7 in 2021-22, +15 in 2022-23, +3 in 2023-24).

Dellandrea No Longer a Star

Ty Dellandrea, selected 13th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, was traded to the San Jose Sharks last week.

Dellandrea spent six years in the organization and debuted in the 2020-21 campaign but didn’t play his first full season until 2022-23.

He collected nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points. The Port Perry, Ontario native will be joining one of the youngest teams in the league, where he can be a mentor and leader.

Dallas Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer always appreciated Dellandrea’s preparation after being a healthy scratch for long stretches.

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