The Dallas Stars addressed another item on their free agency check list with the signing of 32-year-old center Luke Glendening to a two-year, $1.5 million average annual value contract. The eight-year NHL veteran has played his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings to this point.
Glendening is generally considered a defensive specialist. He plays a lot of penalty killing minutes, something that the Stars were in need of with the departures of Andrew Cogliano to free agency and Jason Dickinson to trade this summer. He is a top-tier faceoff guy, consistently putting up 54% or higher faceoff win percentages over the last six years. That’s an emphasized component of killing off penalties — if the opposition can’t win the puck, they can’t stay in the offensive zone.
This signing doesn’t do a lot to address depth scoring for the Stars. But like many moves on the opening day of free agency, it’s important to wait til the dust settles to get a clear picture of all of the moves and what the totality looks like.