We've already heard Patrick Sharp offer his take on heading to Dallas. Now, we get the chance to see how Chicago's two newest Blackhawks are handling the trade, as Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt both shared their feelings on leaving the Stars and what they're looking forward to in the Windy City.
For his part, Daley had a positive outlook on the situation.
"I love Dallas," Daley said Monday. "I loved the organization, but I've learned over the years that, as teammates come and go, you know, friendships last forever. I've made some great friendships there, and those will never end. My days as a Dallas Star obviously ended, but I'll move on. And if you came to ask me if I was to go somewhere to play, going to the best team in hockey, actually, is not a bad thing."
Garbutt acknowledged last year's dip in production, but remained confident he can find a place in Chicago.
"I don't think the role changed [for me]," Garbutt said. "I had a little bit of a drop-off, which is obviously something you don't want, but I've been training hard this summer to try to make sure I come back next year like I did two years ago. I have confidence in myself to be able to do that. I'm definitely going to want to step my game up next year, but I also see that I'm going to be playing with great players and have an awesome opportunity to play with the best team in the League, and I'm pretty excited to do that."
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Mike Heika wrote more about Daley's departure and how the work he did in Dallas will help him fit in with Chicago. [DMN]
Former Stars PR guy Rob Scichili shared his thoughts on Daley, who he described as an "incredible human being." [Scoreboard TX]
Lindy Ruff had this to say about the team's top 6 over on FAN590.
You can listen to the whole interview right over here. [Sportsnet]
Jim Nill also hit the airwaves yesterday, stopping to talk to TSN Drive about Patrick Sharp and what he brings to the team. [TSN]
There's plenty of young talent just waiting to take over the Stars' blue line, and DBD's Derek has got the scoop for us over at The Hockey Writers. [THW]
We've got an official numbers update for next season.
Good morning, friends. Want some # news? Patrick Sharp will wear #10 and Antti Niemi will wear #31.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 13, 2015
Plenty of teams have been busy making improvements since the season ended, but who's made the biggest strides so far? You'll like at least one of the answers. [NHL]
I really hope that no one is only free to watch hockey on Wednesday nights.
Dates have been set for the 20 players who are headed to salary arbitration. [NHL]
And now, both sides of the arbitration process are allowed to bring #fancystats to the table to make their case. [TSN]
You can count Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch among fans of the way the game is currently played. [ESPN]
Sportsnet took the time to talk with long-time announcer John Hughson about how he got into the business, his pre-game routine, and more. [Sportsnet]
If businesses want to advertise on jerseys at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, they better be ready to fork over a cool $8 mil. [The Score]
If you're playing in a adult hockey league, you probably know at least one of these people (or you are one of these people. [USA Hockey]
And finally, if anyone was looking for an excuse to get a new jersey, I've got
10 one for you right here:
Now that Patrick Sharp is officially #10 in Dallas, stop by The Hangar to add to your jersey collection! pic.twitter.com/8abDpcTuNh— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 13, 2015