It's one of those days where Dallas Stars news feels thin on the ground. The team is having a couple of days off before they play against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow at the American Airlines Center. That will see the return of former Stars Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr.
Now in once quick motion we move from the Dallas Stars past to the Dallas Stars future. Hockey's Future had a nice article a few days ago about the Stars prospects in the pro ranks. Going through that article I noticed one thing that was very different than from a few years ago.
First up is the length. The Stars have been rebuilding through the draft and you can tell that from the number of prospects they have in the AHL these days with even more on the way next year. There's a good 17 players in that article. Oh the joys of a full prospect pool.
Also its generally pretty good news overall. The Stars future is looking relatively positive. Everything is beginning to click into place. Hopefully it will come together as a perennial playoff contender sooner, rather than later.
To start off the links it feels like 'It's Miller Time':
Ryan Miller, as a pending UFA at the end of the season, is likely to be on the move before the deadline. Despite the Sabres woes this season Miller still boasts a 0.926SVS%, enough to tempt playoff teams with a need for better goaltending. The Washington Capitals have been suggested as a fit for Miller by Kevin Weekes. Russian Machine Never Breaks would like to disagree. [RussianMachineNeverBreaks]
After I've been reading Ken Dyden's 'The Game' it is really noticeable the advancement in goaltender masks. Not just in terms of safety but in terms of aesthetics. Ryan Miller, appearing once again on the Daily Links, had pictures of his Sochi Olympics mask released. They are pretty snazzy. [Puck Daddy]
It isn't hockey related technically but it looks like the Norwegian Curling Team are trying to out do Don Cherry when it comes to flamboyant attire. [Guardian] It is a good effort but I still think Don Cherry is going to beat them for Gold when it comes to 'interesting' suits. [Awful Announcing] A confession, I think the lightning suit is pretty awesome.
Tim Thomas returned to Boston yesterday to play his first game at TD Garden as a member of the away team. Let's just say it didn't go well after he finished with a .845SVS%. He got a shellacking. So much so it led to this quote 'I think I might've enjoyed myself watching the State of the Union more'. [Puck Daddy]
Tickets are going fast for the second outdoor game at Yankee Stadium between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. [New York Times] Remember when outdoor NHL games used to be a rarity? Those were the days. You'd think it might be something to do with the revenue... But surely not?
To finish off links today here's the 30 Thoughts of Elliotte Friedman. Numbers 11 and 12 are of particular interesting to Dallas Stars fans. First up, sources say Erik Cole wanted to move on from Dallas. His agent denies it. Secondly he thinks interest in pending UFA Ray Whitney might jump following the Olympic break. We shall see. [CBC]