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SportDallas reportedly looking to trade defenseman Julius Honka

06:11  12 july  2019
06:11  12 july  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Report: Stars' former top prospect Honka on trade block

Report: Stars' former top prospect Honka on trade block The Dallas Stars are trying to trade defenseman Julius Honka, reports Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News. The club's former top prospect was chosen 14th overall by Dallas in the 2014 draft. As a right-handed, mobile blue-liner with offensive instincts, Honka has many qualities teams covet, but it appears he's fallen out of favor with the Stars. In 87 career NHL games, the 23-year-old has yet to leave his mark, tallying just 13 points. He was scratched for the final 35 games of the 2018-19 regular season and didn't appear in the playoffs. He would have to pass through waivers to be sent to the minors.

Julius Honka (born 3 December 1995) is a Finnish ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Dallas Stars defenseman Julius Honka (6) gives Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) a shot during the first period at the American The trade backfired horribly for the Stars, a team looking for some defensive help during a season where they finished the year with 109 points and first in the West.

Dallas reportedly looking to trade defenseman Julius Honka© Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Honka hasn’t fit in with Dallas as well as he or the team had hoped. It now appears the Stars are ready to move on from him.

Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas is trying to trade the 23-year-old defenseman.

While it appeared the 2014 first-rounder would get a chance to establish himself as a full-time NHL player after Stephen Johns’ concussion ultimately cost him the entire season, the exact opposite happened. Honka was in and out of the lineup early on and never really got much going.  Eventually, head coach Jim Montgomery decided he’d seen enough and Honka was made a healthy scratch for the final 35 games of the regular season as well as all 13 postseason games.

Kevin Love trade may reportedly be inevitable

Kevin Love trade may reportedly be inevitable The Cleveland Cavaliers have surprised many by their unwillingness to part with All-Star big man Kevin Love. In the initial stages of a rebuild, it doesn’t seem like the 30-year-old Love fits in long-term with the team. Now that the NBA free-agent market has died down, it would not be a surprise to see Love on the move ahead of next season. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, that might actually be inevitable. “Love and the team knew when he signed the deal that there was a good chance he wouldn’t finish it in Cleveland, and a trade may be inevitable at some point,” Windhorst reported. Love missed all but 22 games last season to injury.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Julius Honka to a three-year entry-level contract. In 62 regular-season games for Swift Current of the Western Hockey League, he posted 56 points (16-40=56), which paced all team defensemen .

If Ken Hitchcock ensured that Julius Honka ’s trade value didn’t grow at all last season, this still small But the coaches certainly don’t think so, and now Joel Hanley is looking to keep closing his fingers Cutting Honka loose now is the last thing Dallas wants to do to its defensive depth, even if

Although it’s certainly possible they could carry eight defensemen next season, and keep Honka on the roster to avoid losing him for nothing, the more ideal scenario is likely a clean break, much like the Stars did a few years ago when Jamie Oleksiak was in a similar situation. Oleksiak got more of a chance in Pittsburgh and Stars GM Jim Nill ultimately made a trade to bring him back last season.

While Honka’s trade value is far from at its peak, he’s still likely viewed as someone with upside. Honka is a restricted free agent, but his contract shouldn’t come in much higher than his $874K qualifying offer. The fact that he’s a right-handed shot should also help his value. There won’t be a huge market for his services but getting something for him now over sitting him for long stretches or risk losing him for nothing on waivers is probably the lesser of two evils for Nill and the Stars.

Thunder reportedly receptive to trade inquiries for superstar Russell Westbrook.
After discussing the situation with Russell Westbrook and agent Thad Foucher, the Thunder are — for the first time — receptive to hear trade inquiries on their All-NBA guard, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter links). As Charania explains, all involved parties — Westbrook, Foucher and Thunder head of basketball operations Sam Presti — are working together to examine possible scenarios. As Charania notes, it could be difficult to find a trade partner for the star point guard at this point in the offseason, with little cap room still available around the league and recently signed free agents not becoming trade-eligible until at least December.

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