Scott Glennie gets a bit of a bad rap around some parts of the Dallas Stars fan universe, and it's easy to see why.
The No. 8 overall pick in the 2009 draft has struggled with injuries throughout his junior and professional career, and he hasn't come along as quickly as many would have liked. Heck, even one of the Stars picks from that year - fifth-round selection Tomas Vincour - has contributed more to the big club so far.
But despite the lack of NHL returns from Glennie just yet, members of Stars management have said they are pleased with how the forward is coming along, especially after his first full season with the Texas Stars.
"All the games I’ve seen down there, to me, he’s been one of the best players in the game. Until Jack (Campbell) got there, he was our youngest player," said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. "He had a good season, not as far as goal scoring, but in the sense of learning how to be a pro, what it takes to show up every day and what it means to put the work in and train to be a good player every night."
After the jump, tracing the start of a Stars rumor, all the World Championship information you'll ever need and 20 minutes to make you laugh.
- Here's how rumors get started. In his rolling mailbag, Mike Heika is asked about the prospect of the Stars going after Brad Boyes, and he points out that one of the only reasons the Stars would have to go after an older guy like that is if they were making a change in the leadership group by shopping Brenden Morrow or Mike Ribeiro. But he also goes out of the way to point out that's just speculation on his part and not something he's heard from the team. [DallasNews.com]
- And while this article is actually surprisingly good about acknowledging that they are basically re-writing Heika's notebook, the headline is perfect fodder for the rumor mill coming from original comments that suggested nothing of the sort. [The Fourth Period]
- Missing hockey already? It might not be the NHL playings, but the NAHL's premier tournament, the Robertson Cup, is coming to the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. As hosts, the Texas Tornado have an automatic bid. [DallasStars.com]
- The World Championships seem to be the topic of the day in Stars world. Heika gives his take on the septet of players headed to Europe here. [DallasNews.com]
- A quick update on Jamie Benn and his adventures with Team Canada, where he'll apparently be the old man on an all-kid line with Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Drool away. [Toronto Sun]
- And on the Czech Republic side of things, Tomas Vincour has officially been added to his country's WC roster. [ESPN Dallas]
- The reunion of Mike Smith and Dave Tippett has been a thing of beauty for the Phoenix Coyotes, who took a 2-0 series lead on the Nashville Predators on Sunday. [Arizona Republic/TorontoStar]
- Puck Daddy has added a new writer recently, and he had a nice piece on the psychology of a rebuild and why it is so difficult for teams to go that route. He only briefly touches on the very real risk that a team gets stuck in perpetual rebuild mode (see: Islanders, New York and Maple Leafs, Toronto), but it's a good look at the psychology behind the decisions nonetheless. [Puck Daddy]
- And going further with the psychology theme, the fine folks over at backhand shelf take on the culture of Instant Internet Reaction that leads to many people forgetting there are real flesh and blood human beings behind the jerseys flying around out there on the ice. We saw a lot of this with the Eric Nystrom-Kris Letang fan idiocy, but it's worth repeating this time of year. [Backhand Shelf]
- Every time Taylor Vause of the Texas Stars takes to his Twitter account with a new Photoshop, I love him a little bit more. This time, he offers an interpretation on the team of Jack Campbell. [@wizardofvause]
- Other than the full-length shows from Fox Sports Southwest, this may have been the longest video I've posted all season, but if you've got 23 minutes to spare, you should get a good laugh out of the best bloopers of the NHL season. They did miss Stephane Robidas and his many adventures with his skate blade and sticks.