Jack Campbell wanted to make the final start for the Texas Stars this season, wrapping up the year with a 2-1 loss to the Houston Aeros on Sunday.
But the Stars netminding prospect declined an invitation to travel with Team USA to Sweden and Finland for the World Championships. After all, it has been a very long season for the young goalie, who started his season in major junior before moving to the pros.
"I want to get some rest," Campbell said (Saturday) morning after Texas' optional skate at the Cedar Park Center.
Campbell also played for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in December and was Team USA's No. 3 goalie at the WC's last year.
After the jump, more on Campbell and his first taste of the AHL, why the Stars cap situation might not be as nice as it appears at first glance and the NHL turns into Fight Club.
- Even with several key restricted free agents to lock up, not the least of which is Jamie Benn, the Stars are in very good cap shape this summer. But that's not nearly the help this year as it has been in the past because the CBA negotiations may very well push everyone's cap lower in September, as Mike Heika details in this paywalled gamer. [DallasNews.com]
- Want more on Jack Campbell at the end of his first pro "season," which is in quotes because it was more like a month? Sure you do. [ESPN Dallas]
- If you watched the Stars exit interview, you saw a lot of these quotes, but this is still a pretty solid story where the players go over all the ways they failed at the end of the year. [DallasStars.com]
- I'm not sure how I feel about all the stereotypes about Texas in this lead paragraph, but it is an interesting story of a transplanted kid who found his place in the youth hockey structure of the Metroplex. [Athens Daily Review]
- I know next to nothing about this publication, The Dallas Post, but this is a decent little story on former Stars winger and radio great Bill Guerin and his experience in the playoffs. [The Dallas Post]
- They aren't a Stars affiliate, but I do have a soft spot for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees because of their most awesome nickname. And they are likely going to reconsider their affiliation with the Florida Panthers and San Antonio Rampage because it provided them little benefit this year. [The Monitor]
- I know the first rule of Fight Club is you never talk about Fight Club. But does having a public fight club with another team count? If so, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers might be in trouble. [Puck Daddy]
- Speaking of this game, suspension city! We will have more on the return of the Wheel O'Justice in the near future, but here's the news from Sunday. Rangers forward Carl Hagelin was suspended three games for his elbow on Daniel Alfredsson. Senators forward Matt Carkner got one game for his beating up of Brian Boyle. And Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has a hearing for steamrolling Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. [New York Daily News/ESPN/Chicago Sun-Times]
- The rats are back! I love the rats. I know they're kitschy and stupid and can be disruptive, but I can't help myself. [Miami Herald]
- Hulk Hogan made a promo for the Flyers? That's awesome. [Puck Daddy]
- To keep in the theme of Sunday's games, here are the top hits from the Dallas Stars season.