Welcome to a bonus early-morning (or late night, for those of you who start your weekends a little early) edition of the Dallas Stars Daily Links.
Why am I posting this at 4 a.m.? Because the IIHF World Championships start..... right now. Yes, if you're up at this ridiculous hour like, um, no one I would ever know, you too can turn over to NBCSN and watch the United States take on France in annual international tournament.
Alex Goligoski is the elder statesman of the USA's defense while Richard Bachman is the likely backup goalie to Jimmy Howard. Bachman will be keeping a regular blog for DallasStars.com throughout the tournament, and here's his latest installment.
In the afternoon, they had a lunch set up for us… they don't let you go hungry over here, that’s for sure! Outside of the meal area, I ran into Jamie Benn, who was getting off the elevator… it was good to see another Dallas Star around here! We then had a team video session before making our way over to the main arena, where we will be playing all our games. The arena is large and has very nice locker rooms, which is a plus, because I feel like some NHL arenas put visiting teams in their broom closets.
After the jump, a FWST columnist puts forth a remarkably bad idea regarding the Stars, lots more on the World Championships and Karl Alzner just can't win.
- I don't know if Bud Kennedy was having a slow ideas week or what, but there are so many things wrong with this column about the Stars and why they should move to Fort Worth that I can't even count them, not the least of which is that as much as I love Fort Worth, it is not a separate sports or media market from Dallas (or more properly, the greater DFW freeway megopolis). Also, the idea of the Will Roger Coliseum being NHL-worthy is laughable. I feel bad insulting writers - I know how hard it is to come up with content ideas day after day after week after month after year. But this idea is so ludicrous I can put that aside for now. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Next up on the "catching up with the Stars prospects" series list over at ESPN Dallas is Patrik Nemeth, who came over to North America at the end of this season but couldn't play due to an injury. [ESPN Dallas]
- Todd slips on his serious mask and takes on the ups and downs of the Stars season. [Thursday Morning Cupcheck]
- The Finns are the top seed and defending championships at the WCs, and they would be quite happy to repeat, especially if it once again comes at the hand of the Swedes. [NHL.com]
- The Danish national team, which features Philip Larsen, has quite a different definition of success. They were thrilled with eighth place in 2010. [The Copenhagen Post]
- Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes is appealing his 25-game suspension for the hit that knocked out Marian Hossa. [TSN.ca]
- With all the video breakdowns and tactical information available out there on the internet, it's easy to get into the habit of assigning blame for every goal that happens. I know I can be particularly guilty of this. But as Justin Bourne artfully illustrates here, sometimes you can do everything right and still give up a goal. Sometimes, hockey just happens. [Backhand Shelf]
- Even Karl Alzner's dogs were conspiring against him. The Washington Capitals defenseman had to suffer through a triple overtime loss to the New York Rangers and then got to return home to, well, this. [Puck Daddy]
- Taylor is busy putting together your call on the top saves of the year, but here's what the Stars deemed their top five. As you might expect, there's a heavy, heavy dose of Kari Lehtonen. Also, if you're so inclined and missing the heart attack this team gave you this season, you can play "find the defensive breakdown."