Who knew the Dallas Stars would be looking to shore up the league’s best offense as the 2016-17 season begins? Mike Heika has written a report on the team’s many, many injured forwards, along with a possible timeline for their returns – and what the team may do in the meantime.
Head coach Lindy Ruff says Tyler Seguin is making steady progress toward his goal of starting in the season opener Thursday, Oct. 13:
"We want to get him to be where he's comfortable playing," Ruff said. "It's hard to put it at 100 percent. When he's comfortable, that's when he'll play. He's moving close to that direction."
Unfortunately, he also confirms that Aleš Hemský has “had a setback” in his own recovery from a groin-muscle pull suffered during the World Cup of Hockey:
"He's being re-evaluated. We'll see where he's at Monday or Tuesday," Ruff said. "It's probably pushing him back a little bit. I don't know where he will be for opening night. That's in question now."
Read the rest at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
The Horrible Truth About Hemský explains the Stars’ latest roster move: adding 28-year-old former Minnesota Wild RW Justin Fontaine on a PTO. [Today’s Slapshot]
And four more players are getting back to work in Cedar Park (the Texas Stars’ regular season start Oct. 14, and preseason action began last night).
We're getting down to the opening night roster. Remi Elie, Maxime Lagace, Travis Morin and Cole Ully have been assigned to the Texas Stars. pic.twitter.com/gPlAjyZ6Mv— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 6, 2016
Speaking of last night, the T-Stars beat their I-35 rivals, the San Antonio Rampage, 3-2 in overtime.
Las Vegas Team To Be Named Later Teamy McTeamface has named former Cleveland Cavaliers executive Kerry Bubolz as its first president. [Yahoo! Sports]
Add the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk to the list of high-end 2016 draftees who are likely to start the year with the big club. [Calgary Herald]
And 2015 first-rounders Ivan Provorov and Zach Werenski are aiming to make their NHL rosters as well.
A couple young defensemen are looking to defy the odds and crack some rosters.https://t.co/Nw9N832BL1— NHL (@NHL) October 6, 2016
Tampa Bay Lightning to Martin St. Louis: Please come home. All is forgiven.
On the heels of this announcement, Dan Rosen made a list of 10 active players 35 and older who could be among the next to have their numbers retired. [NHL]
The Penguins got their post-Stanley Cup White House visit yesterday, and of course it involved a Phil Kessel joke.
And of course somebody had to do this after Connor McDavid became the youngest captain in NHL history.
the moment Connor McDavid knew: now he can never leave pic.twitter.com/FvDcI0Abb9— Vampire Pat (@Pat_Iversen) October 5, 2016
Elsewhere, Auston Matthews scored his first goal in a Toronto uniform, but Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens made the Leafs’ lives otherwise miserable in a 6-1 shellacking. [Sportsnet]
Auston Matthews snipes his 1st of the pre-season by Carey Price https://t.co/k9Um1yZX5H— Hockey Central (@HockeyCentraI) October 7, 2016
The war for coolest goalie mask is well and truly on, as the Bruins’ Anton Khudobin brings one that changes colors. [Sportsnet]
Anton Khudobin getting scientific and whatnot pic.twitter.com/Mwm0Qqv5h6— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) October 6, 2016
Sports Illustrated’s NHL season preview is on the way, but we already have this teaser from Alex Prewitt by way of Frank Seravalli:
PK Subban quote to @alex_prewitt: "Ppl said it was a hockey trade. I think it’s the furthest from that. I think it was a personality trade.”— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 6, 2016
Former Utah Grizzlies player Jordan Hart will not go to prison for supplying the late Derek Boogaard with painkillers before his accidental overdose in 2011. [New York Daily News]
Finally: Tonight’s the night – finally you can watch the Stars on TV. Frozen Fury XVIII, live in Las Vegas and co-starring the Los Angeles Kings, will be broadcast on the NHL Network and FOX Sports West at 9 p.m. Central time tonight. Enjoy.