They currently have $14,641,666 in cap space for the upcoming 2010-2011 NHL season with 22 NHL players signed. The breakdown is $30,513,344 committed to forward, $10,475,000 going towards defensemen, and $4,200,000 spent on goaltending.
On the forward lines the top six is currently comprised of Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow, Jamie Benn, Steve Ott, and Fabian Brunnstrom on the outside looking in. Brad Richards has a current cap hit of $7,800,000 on a contract that will be expiring at the end of this coming season, making his an unrestricted free agent. Fabian Brunnstroms’s contract ($675,000 cap hit) also expires at the end of this season making him a restricted free agent.
The defense of the current Stars looks as follows: Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley, Karlis Skrastins, Brad Lukowich, Mark Fistric, Philip Larsen, and Jeff Woywitka. Currently, Daley, Skrastins, Lukowich, and Woywitka all have contracts that will make them unrestricted free agents at year's end.
As restricted free agents the club still has Nicklas Grossman (D), Matt Niskanen (D), James Neal (F), and Perttu Lindgren (F) to sign. James Neal is the biggest priority to re-sign, as he was third in team scoring last season with 27 goals and 28 assists in 78 games. While Grossman and Niskanen provided 15 and seven points from the back end respectively. Perttu Lindgren did not appear in any NHL action this past season.
The Stars also acquired grinding forward Adam Burish as a free agent this offseason. He has spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup while appearing in 15 playoff games this year. He should fit nicely into their bottom six forwards.