Stars GM Nill: D Honka has requested trade
- It appears Julius Honka is looking for a fresh start away from the Dallas Stars.
- Stars general manager Jim Nill told Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News Friday that the 23-year-old defenceman has asked to be traded.
“He’s asked to get traded, so I told his representative we’ll see where that goes,” Nill said. “I’ve been talking to teams and we know their stance now. Julius felt it was probably not proper to be here to be a distraction, so I respect that.”
“Did we handle him right at times? Yes or no, we don’t know,” Nill said. “And it’s on the player, too. You get an opportunity, you’ve got to grab it. Sometimes, things don’t work out. There’s different personalities, but that’s sports and that’s life.”
- The request comes after the former first-round pick and Stars defenseman was a healthy scratch in the final four months of the season, having not played a game after Jan. 15.
- The return the Stars could get for Honka is a bit unknown.
- Not many first-round defensemen are traded before they turn 24.
- Of those traded, many are the centerpiece of the trade (Erik Brannstrom in the Mark Stone deal, Mikhail Sergachev for Jonathan Drouin, or Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen).
“Right now, the league is in a real you could almost say shutdown mode,” Nill said on Friday. “All these RFAs that have not signed have really slowed the league down and right now, teams’ hands are tied. Teams that I’ve talked to might have interest but until they know what they can do with their RFAs, they can’t make any moves. They’re capped out. We’ll play this out, see where it goes. In the end, I just got to make sure I do what’s right for the organization.”
- Honka is a restricted free agent this off-season after posting four assists in 29 games with the Stars last season.
- He spent the final 35 games of the regular season as a healthy scratch and did not dress in the postseason.
- DeFranks reported earlier this summer that the Stars were attempting to move the blueliner to avoid keeping eight defencemen on their roster into the regular season.
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