The NHL (RFA) Restricted Free Agents had till 5:00pm today to sign with their teams in order to remain eligible to play in the big league this season but the deadline has passed, and Dallas Stars defenseman Julius Honka did not sign his offer. Within the last few hours it was reported that although teams could have signed Honka for virtually nothing, Stars General Manager Jim Nill opted to hold onto Honka’s right pending what happens between now and the upcoming February 24, 2020 deadline.
The Stars drafted Julius Honka in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 14th overall. Honka will turn 24 years old on Wednesday of this week and he is currently playing for JYP in the Finnish Elite League in Finland, where he will remain as Dallas Stars Property. A situation similar to that of Edmonton Oilers Jesse Puljujarvi, and now neither of them will likely play in the NHL this season.
Honka asked to be traded after being scratched for 35 straight games at the end of last season as the Stars were about to make a run deep into the NHL post-season. As a Dallas Stars defenseman Honka logged three seasons, 87 games, and finished up with only 13 points (2 goals and 11 assists) and was -7 during his tenure.
While teams could have acquired Honka for virtually nothing, that could not benefit the Stars. Honka does not want to play in Dallas and the two sides remain deadlocked since the Stars do not have interest in sending him somewhere else for no compensation. Honka will not be a Dallas Star going forward.
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