The more things changed for the Dallas Stars, the more they stayed the same.
The Stars were dealing with a revamped and very young lineup Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks, playing several rookies and a staggering eight players who were 23 years old or younger.
And while that translated to a more workmanlike game than the listless 4-0 loss on Monday to those same Ducks, it still wasn't enough in a 5-2 loss.
"We worked," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "What I didn’t like was our battle level along the walls. I thought our D needed to win more battles along the boards. We all did. And we let them get to our net a couple times a little too easy in my opinion. But we worked hard, we were direct and we just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities."
The remainder of the season figures to be more of the same for the Stars, who are going to give players like Alex Chiasson and Matt Fraser a good, long look in a variety of NHL roles. Chiasson, especially had an impressive debut and will likely look even stronger once he adjusts to the speed of the NHL game.
Also in today's links, one of the new additions has a big night, all the trades that happened in the hours leading up to the game and the San Jose Sharks engage in a few extracurriculars against the Wild.
- Here's a fun little note that got passed around on Twitter a little bit after the game - new addition Lane MacDermid scored his first NHL goal 31 years to the day after his father, Paul MacDermid, scored his first NHL goal as a member of the Hartford Whalers. You might also recognize the name of some of his linemates. [HockeyDraftCentral.com]
- And here's the picture of the younger MacDermid with his first goal puck. [@DallasStars]
- Because it's hard to keep track after everything that's happened in the past few days, here's a look at just the Stars trade moves this season. [Fox Sports Southwest]
- Joe Morrow had a very interesting introduction to the news that he'd been traded: I was with my roommate in a movie theater, and my phone was on silent," Morrow said. "After the movie was done, I checked my phone and saw I had around 70 text messages. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I thought someone died that I knew. I checked my messages and everyone said that I was traded to Dallas. [Austin American-Statesman]
- Okay, onto the deals. The obvious capstone was a trade that sent Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchance for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a late-round pick. [New York Times]
- The Minnesota Wild used some of their accumulated young talent to land Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres. They sent Johan Larsson, a first-round pick, a second-round pick and Matt Hackett back to Buffalo. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- The San Jose Sharks were very busy boys. One day after sending Ryane Clowe to the Rangers, they picked up Raffi Torres for a third-round pick and defenseman Scott Hannan from the Predators. [NHL.com]
- And speaking of the Preds, Martin Erat apparently wanted out and requested a trade a few weeks ago. That led to Wednesday's final deal, where he and a prospect were traded to the Washington Capitals for top prospect Filip Forsberg. Though the fact that the Caps were willing to part with Forsberg may tell you something about their read of his development curve. [Washington Post]
- In trades that weren't made, Roberto Luongo remains a Vancouver Canucks goalie. And he more than anyone else knows his contract is as much a curse as it is a blessing at the point. [CBC.ca]
- As far as overall draft grades, Puck Daddy took a stab at it and looked (relatively) favorably on what the Stars did. Interesting to note that the Wings may have been in play for Jaromir Jagr as well. [Puck Daddy]
- One of the bits at every trade deadline (or All-Star game, or notable broadcast, or anything really) is for a blog to get together and come up with a drinking game. Well the boys over at Backhand Shelf actually participated in a drinking game this year and live-blogged it. I applaud the effort. [Backhand Shelf]
- So instead of a video today, I'm going to leave you with a GIF (mostly because I couldn't find a YouTube clip of the play) and ask you, dear DBD reader, to spin the Wheel O'Justice with me. The Wild's Dany Heatley reportedly suffered a pretty serious left wrist injury on this scuffle with Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the Sharks, and Vlasic was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct on the play. What say you for any potential suspension?