Tyler Seguin has spent seven months working toward a return to hockey that keeps getting postponed, from the Stanley Cup playoffs to the World Cup of Hockey to opening night of the Dallas Stars’ 2016-17 season.
“I'm hoping karma is working somewhere in there, and now it's time for some good karma,” Seguin told Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, as quoted by Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News.
Head coach Lindy Ruff is confident the Stars’ franchise center is ready, Heika writes:
...He said he's not worried about the injury affecting the trademark speed of his No. 1 center, and said he believes the team has handled the rehab well. Now, as for that good karma thing?
"It's been a little bit of a run of bad luck," Ruff said when asked about the cumulative effect. "He's skating really well right now, he's gotten through it. Let's just hope that's the end of it."
The most important thing, Segs says, is to get back to competing:
"I need to play, I just really need to play," he said. "It will be nice to get back in a rhythm of playing hockey. It's been seven months of nothing but work, so I'm very much looking forward to playing a game."
There’s much more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
As we reach one sleep ’til opening night, the Stars posted this simple announcement that, as many predicted, Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp will wear the A’s this season.
Standout center prospect Devin Shore will start the season with the big team and is understandably excited about it. [Stars Inside Edge]
Jamie Oleksiak is the latest Star to catch the injury bug:
Jamie Oleksiak suffered a muscle strain in practice today and is probably out Thursday.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 11, 2016
@ImCarterK Based on practice it looks like Lindell would be the 7th defenseman on Thursday.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 11, 2016
And now that the Stars’ opening-night roster is set, here’s that salary cap information you know you wanted:
Josh Bogorad reminds that 10 of the Stars’ 23 roster players were not on last year’s opening-night squad:
The 10 newcomers this year are:— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) October 11, 2016
ICYMI, you can let out that breath you’ve been holding since Monday:
Mattias Backman clears waivers, is sent to the Texas Stars. https://t.co/bhQIjtdFH6— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 11, 2016
One last romp before getting down to business: Stars met with fans at the team’s annual season ticket-holders’ event at Six Flags.
Light reading ahead of the Stars’ season opener: From Nick Ritchie’s status to John Gibson’s playing time, JC McDonough poses his three biggest questions for the Ducks in 2016-17. [Anaheim Calling]
What is going on with Valeri Nichushkin? CSKA Moscow has reportedly relegated him to Zvezda Chekov in the VHL – the Russian analog of the AHL – and local reports may not be telling the whole story. [Today’s Slapshot]
So it took exactly four weeks for Val to wear out his welcome in the KHL? pic.twitter.com/3uP9M2K0x8— Vampire Pat (@Pat_Iversen) October 11, 2016
Now I know what people mean when they say ''My mentions are lit''.— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) October 11, 2016
Johnny Gaudreau did it first, and now the league’s most valuable remaining RFAs are signing one by one. The Lightning shored up The Triplets with a three-year, $14.3 million bridge deal for leading scorer Nikita Kucherov. [Raw Charge]
Ken Campbell takes a closer look at the Kucherov deal. [The Hockey News]
Elsewhere, the Buffalo Sabres locked up defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for six years at an average of $5.4 million per. [Die By the Blade]
In other roster moves, former Stars blueliner Niklas Grossmann has reportedly signed a one-year, one-way deal with the Calgary Flames. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
Finally: Kevin Bieksa took advantage of a day off to bring some early Halloween to an Anaheim-Arizona preseason game. Behold...Shovelboy. (Troll level: Ott.) [Yahoo! Sports]