Dallas Stars: Is There A Spot For Lane MacDermid Next Season?
The Dallas Stars signed future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr to a contract last summer and were able to see him contribute offensively before they decided to send him to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline. That deal brought them a draft pick (which has now become a first-rounder) and prospects Cody Payne and Lane MacDermid. The Stars had a chance to get MacDermid in the lineup in the final weeks of the season, and he scored his first two goals while appearing in six games for the Stars.
MacDermid is a big forward who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves (he took on Jared Boll this season). He was a fourth round pick of the Bruins but hadn’t had much of a chance to prove himself at the highest level, appearing on just eight games over two seasons. He’s still very young, with the potential to be a valuable checking-line forward. The Stars will need to decide if he fits into their future plans, as MacDermid is a restricted free agent. They can likely keep him around at minimal cost, and at worst start him in the AHL and call him up when they need some extra toughness in the lineup.
There aren’t many free agents among the Stars’ forwards, so a lot will depend on the direction new general manager Jim Nill wants to go. If the potential MacDermid flashed this season is an indication of his potential, there should definitely be a spot for him as part of the Stars attempt to return to the playoffs.