Now in his second season in Dallas, Jason Spezza is starting to feel at home in the city. In fact, the former Ottawa captain told Mike Heika he's "as comfortable as I've felt in a long time."
That's saying a lot for the 32-year-old center. He was born and raised in the Toronto area and then was drafted by the Ottawa Senators and spent 11 seasons with that team. He was about as Ontario as a person could get. But, in moving to Texas last season and becoming a huge part of the Stars organization, Spezza has made a very difficult transition look very easy.
"I'm sure he's tired of me bugging him with questions all of the time about Dallas," said veteran Patrick Sharp, who joined the Stars this season. "I know he just got here last year, but it feels like he's been a staple of the Stars franchise for many years. He's definitely made an impact on the team."
Spezza also said he doesn't mind playing behind Tyler Seguin, or that his point totals have taken a dip.
"I'm trying to score every night, but I know my role here," he said of seeing his time on ice drop from 19-plus minutes in Ottawa to 16:13 this season. "Past our first line, we have a lot of balance in our lineup. It does affect your numbers, but you're giving yourself a chance to win."
For more on Spezza's transition to the Lone Star State—and Patrick Sharp's thoughts on his new teammate—check out the link. [SportsDayDFW]
First off, if you didn't catch Jason Demers' Q&A on Twitter yesterday afternoon, you should immediately check out what you missed. Erin can help you out with that.
The Stars' two goalie system may be an unconventional strategy, but it's working out just fine. [Sportsnet]
What have we learned so far this year? For one, there's a new Norris Trophy contender on the block. Three guesses as to who that might be... [NHL]
USA Today also asked and answered six questions about the first quarter of the 2015-16 season, one of which is whether the Stars' success is for real. [USA Today]
The Detroit Red Wings revealed their Stadium Series jerseys.
Bryan Trottier reflects on vegetables, sacrifice, and Stanley Cups in a letter to his younger self. [The Players' Tribune]
At the Globe and Mail, James Mirtle examines how waiver eligibility affects player development—and points out Jamie Oleksiak as an example. [Globe and Mail]
The Red Sox may be giving Brad Marchand a call after his latest goal.
Kerry Fraser offers his take on a recent goalie interference coach's challenge in a game between the Canadiens and Islanders. [TSN]
Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has reportedly added the Wild and the Avalanche as possible trade destinations. Plus, the Canadiens could be try to finding a top-6 winger to replace the injured Brendan Gallagher. [The Hockey News]
Former junior hockey player Sam Berg is currently suing the CHL. [The Walrus]
The Ferraro family shared a special moment in last night's Bruins game.
Here's your friendly reminder that Jaromir Jagr is ageless.
After blocking a Johnny Boychuk shot, the Habs' Brendan Gallagher is out indefinitely with two fractured fingers. That prompted the question: How necessary are blocked shots in today's NHL? [Sportsnet]
@NHLHistoryGirl constantly provides fun flashblack photos and trivia tidbits on Twitter—now you can get to know the person behind the account. [KVRR]
And finally, Jason Spezza's children have confirmed what we already suspected: It's been a good start to the season.
"My kids wear their jerseys to school, so maybe that means we're doing well."-Jason Spezza pic.twitter.com/61Y8rLZgX6— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 24, 2015