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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Richard Bachman Blogging the World Championships

Richard Bachman is continuing his quick rise from fighting for the AHL starting job to NHL goalie this summer by representing the United States at the IIHF World Championships.

And luckily for Dallas Stars fans who are already missing the team, he's blogging about it for

To give you a taste of his style, here's an excerpt from Bachman's first entry:

From there we moved gates, which by the way, had to be the longest walk in airport history. Before we knew it, we were back on another plane heading for Stockholm, Sweden. This is where I had my second in-flight breakfast… I guess cold cuts and cheese is the Scandinavian form of eggs and bacon, because I had it twice in as many flights. Once in Stockholm, I think most guys would have liked to get into bed, but we weren't done yet. The final leg of the long trip was a two-hour bus ride into a small town called Gavle, Sweden, and we were finally at our destination a little after 12pm.

He also posted another entry Tuesday before he and his teammates took on Sweden in a pre-WC game.

After the jump, how that USA-Sweden game went, Nashville Predators gone wild (ha! Punny!) and why shot blockers are crazy.

  • Speaking of that USA-Sweden game, Bachman played the second half of a 3-2 USA victory over Sweden, in which his NHL teammate Loui Eriksson had no points. Jamie Benn had an identical stat line to Eriksson in Canada's 4-2 win over Switzerland, and Philip Larsen had an assist in Denmark's 4-2 win over Italy. [ESPN Dallas]
  • We know where the Stars rank in the NHL in terms of average salary. Now the answer to the question you know you've always had - where they rank worldwide across all sports. I'll leave it up to you to spot the "one of these things is not like the other" league. [ESPN]
  • The Texas Stars had a modest increase in average attendance this year and were in the top half of the AHL (if just barely) in attendance. In fact, all three Texas based teams were in the top half with Houston and San Antonio comfortably in the top 10. [Sports Business Daily]
  • Future Texas Star and current Niagra IceDog Brett Ritchie gets a pretty nice write up here as his team prepares to play the London Knights for a berth in the Memorial Cup. [Buzzing the Net]
  • Because nothing says enigmatic Russian like partying on the streets of Scottsdale well after curfew when your team is down 0-2, Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn have been suspended for Game 3 for "violation of team rules." []
  • Justin Bourne explains exactly why curfew and other team rules are so important beyond the obvious "players need rest to play well" bit. [Backhand Shelf]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks might not be in the second round of the playoffs, but Sami Lepisto has a lasting reminder from the Phoenix Coyotes with a wonderful bruise from blocking a slap shot. This is why Razor says all shot blockers are crazy. [Puck Daddy]
  • The fine folks over at Down Goes Brown have put together a cheat sheet for the NHL awards. Sadly, they are not as upset over the absence of Eriksson as others. [National Post]
  • We'll have you vote on your fan favorite goal of the season shortly, but the Stars have put together their top five for your perusal.