The Dallas Stars will not re-sign forward Shawn Horcoff, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, general manager Jim Nill said Friday, according to Stars Inside Edge.
Dallas' depth up front and a surplus of young forwards would have reduced Horcoff's role, and that's something the 36-year-old isn’t ready for yet, Nill said. Horcoff, acquired from Edmonton in July 2013, had 18 goals and 49 points in 153 games during two seasons with the Stars, including 11 goals and 29 points in 2014-15.
"He’s still got that burning desire to play pretty high minutes and would love to come back to our team if that situation was there. If the opportunity wasn’t there and he was going to be the 11th, 12th or 13th forward, he didn’t want to be in that situation," Nill said. "With where our forwards are at and our young kids are at he said he knew it might not happen here. He still has that desire, and he should for a couple more years. He really wants to help a team out, and he’s going to explore free agency. It was a mutual decision."
Nill said the Stars have made a contract offer to forward Patrick Eaves, who also will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Eaves had 27 points (14 goals) in 47 games last season.
Center - DAL
Goals: 11 | Assists: 18 | Pts: 29
Shots: 82 | +/-: 9
"We need to hear from their camp. We’d like to have him back," Nill said. "We made him a contract offer and if he doesn’t accept that he’ll be looking at free agency."
The Stars have talked with another pending unrestricted free agent, goaltender Jhonas Enroth, but Nill said no deal was made.
"I’ve talked to Enroth and told him we are going to look at the market," Nill said. "He wanted to look at the market. We are going to keep in touch."
However, Nill said the Stars will not re-sign forward Scott Glennie, their first-round pick (No. 8) in the 2009 NHL Draft. Glennie has played one NHL game during his four pro seasons.
The Stars have signed four restricted free agents, defensemen John Klingberg (seven years), Jyrki Jokipakka (two years) and Patrik Nemeth (two years), and goaltender Jack Campbell (one year). Nill has made offers to two other restricted free agents, defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and forward Curtis McKenzie.