Thanks in large part to the onslaught of injuries, the Stars’ season hasn’t started quite as expected. Mike Heika chatted with general manager Jim Nill about everything from how younger players have had to step up to the disappointing numbers in net.
Q: Did all of these injuries make you change your plan from what you had laid out in the summer?
Nill: "It doesn't make you change your plan, but you are a different team. The coaches are coaching a different team, so they have to coach it differently. There are not only six players out of the lineup, but we're missing nine to 12 who were out there on a regular basis last year, so then you have to make a lot of adjustments. ...
Nill also touched on Valeri Nichushkin’s decision to play in the KHL.
Q: How is the organization's relationship with him [Nichushkin] and his agent?
Nill: "We've kept an open relationship. Our scouts are over there watching him and we keep in touch. This wasn't an argument or a hard thing, he wanted something that at this time we couldn't give to him, and so he went back to his homeland, and that can be a good thing. It's a very open relationship."
There’s a whole lot more at the link, so check it out. [SportsDayDFW]
Tonight, the Stars take on the Devils at the AAC at 7:30 p.m.
Here’s your listening material while you wait for puck drop:
Also from Sean Shapiro: Splitting up the dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin has given the Stars a boost. [Fanrag Sports]
Who do the Stars miss more: Patrick Sharp or Jason Spezza? Mike Heika answered that question and more in his weekly chat. [SportsDayDFW]
Yesterday marked the beginning of a throwback Texas rivalry.
The Coyotes announced plans for a new arena yesterday. [NHL]
In Sean McIndoe’s latest Weekend Wrap, he examines which team has the most future Hall of Famers and picks who has the best—and worst—chances at the Cup. [Sportsnet]
If Gary Bettman gets his way, NHL players won’t be playing in the 2018 Olympics.
Bettman said he has inquired about NHL skipping PyeongChang in 2018 and going to Beijing in 2022. No answer given yet. Lots up in the air.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) November 14, 2016
The Senators have made goalie Andrew Hammond available, Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton could potentially be on the move, and other rumors around the league. [Sportsnet]
Russell Wilson is doing his part to bring the NBA and the NHL to Seattle.
When it comes to faceoffs, no one’s better than Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. [The Hockey News]
Don’t look now, but rookie phenom Auston Matthews has gone nine games without a goal =. [TSN]
And finally, the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was last night.