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Saturday Links: Dallas Stars Might Be Getting Healthy For Tonight’s Game With The Minnesota Wild

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Stars could be getting Jiri Hudler and Jason Spezza back for tonight’s game against the Wild.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Forward Jiri Hudler signed in the summer has only appeared in two games this season, before coming down with a mysterious illness.

Hudler signed with the Stars this summer as a free agent, coming on board after a year split between the Calgary Flames and the Florida Panthers. He’s been out with an illness for nearly the entire start to his 2016-17 campaign, though, hurting his ability to help the team with supplementary offense. Through just two games played, he’s failed to get on the board to date.

Center Jason Spezza may also return but is a game time decision. (Slap Shot)

The Stars are hoping to get back into the win column tonight against the Wild. Mark Stepneski has you preview. (Stars)

Winnipeg Jets v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Head Coach Lindy Ruff thinks veteran Johnny Oduya leadership can help the young defense corps develop:

The veteran blue-liner has proved to be a great example both in play and preparation, and coach Lindy Ruff said those things go a long way in helping Dallas transition to a group of younger defensemen that includes Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns and Esa Lindell.

GM Jim Nill also likes what he brings to the table:

"It's hard to tell his age, because he's in such great shape," general manager Jim Nill said. "He's a consummate professional, and he's the kind of guy that players naturally attract to. They want to ask him what he's eating and why. They want to know how he's working out."

Mike Heika has the rest of the story. (DMN)

He also weighed in on the touchy subject of whether Jordie Benn’s ice time is linked to a stipulation with Captain and brother Jamie’s contract. He also managed to quote some old philosophers. (DMN)

Above is a picture of current Stars Brett Ritchie and Devin Shore posted on the Stars twitter feed on Thursday. In their younger days they played Lacrosse together and lately have been skating on the same line with Dallas. Sean Shapiro has the story. (NHL)

In Cedar Park last night Julius Honka scored 2 goals and the Texas Stars got their first ever win over the Ontario(Calif) Reign(Kings) 5-4. Last season the Stars went 0-6 against the Pacific Division Champs and lost their only meeting with them this season. (100 Degree Hockey)

Just 9 games in the NHL last night and only two of them involved Central Division teams:

The Winnipeg Jets fresh off a win on Thursday over the Stars blanked the Colorado Avalanche 1-0. Jets Goaltender Michael Hutchinson picked up the shutout. (Mile High Hockey)

The Chicago Blackhawks downed the New Jersey Devils in overtime. (Second City Hockey)

In other NHL related news:

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Former Stars Brenden Dillon scored a goal for the San Jose Sharks had a goal disallowed, Thursday night vs the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dillon wasn’t mad the goal didn’t count but upset with the 8 minute review to determine that the play was offsides. (NBC)

During the summer two of the biggest moves were made by the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens is it too early to say that these moves were a success as both teams lead their respective conferences. (Sports Net)

Most pundits picked the Nashville Predators to win the Central Division, this season with addition of P.K. Subban, but they are having trouble with puck possession. (On The Forecheck)

Some teams will have to decide if they want to keep certain rookies on their rosters or send them back to their Junior level teams.

Choices at hand whether to keep rookies after nine-game trial, which would trigger first year of entry-level contracts, or return them to juniors (NHL)

The yet to be named Las Vegas team will get a 48 hour window to negotiate with restricted and unrestricted free agents prior to the 2017 Expansion Draft. (Hockey News)

And Finally Former Stars Vernon Fiddler paid tribute to Play by play announcer Dave Strader, who is battling cancer.