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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Who Will the Stars Protect in the Expansion Draft?

The team could have a few tough decisions to make. Plus, the Canucks are in town, and Patrick Sharp talks concussions.

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In his latest Mailbag over at Wrong Side of the Red Line, Sean Shapiro tackles the question of the expansion draft and which players the Stars will—and won’t—protect. When it comes to the seven forwards Dallas can protect, here’s how things could shake out.

The first two are obvious and required by the NHL, so we’ll start there. Then you have Tyler Seguin, who will be protected, and Cody Eakin who the Stars made a long-term commitment to before last season. Radek Faksa would be my fifth protection, since I consider him a key part of the Stars future down the middle.

1. Jamie Benn
2. Jason Spezza
3. Tyler Seguin
4. Cody Eakin
5. Radek Faksa
6. Valeri Nichushkin
7. Antoine Roussel

Shapiro explains why Nichushkin makes the cut—possibly at the expense of Brett Ritchie—before moving on to defense and goaltenders. Head on over to the link for more. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday! (Or a nice Thursday, as Taylor put it, for those who don’t celebrate Turkey Day.)

The Stars are back at the AAC tonight to take on the Canucks. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Mike Heika examines how injuries and the Stars’ slow start have affected expectations for this year. [SportsDayDFW]

There was some good news out of the team’s optional practice yesterday morning.

Patrick Sharp talks about his return after suffering a concussion and about the importance of following protocol. Plus, Patrick Eaves shares his experience with concussions. [SportsDayDFW]

There are currently 66 names on the NHL’s list of players considered exempt from the expansion draft. Two of them are Stars: Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza. [Sportsnet]

From Ben Bishop to Johnny Oduya, the top 30 players who could be UFAs in 2017. [The Hockey News]

Teams around the league are feeling the strain from injuries. [Sports Illustrated]

Well, this is certainly one way to score a goal.

Here are the sort of contracts you want to avoid, courtesy of Sean McIndoe. [Sportsnet]

Where will Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury be playing next season? The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell doesn’t think it will be Pittsburgh or Vegas. [THN]

And finally, if you spent yesterday wondering whether the Stars have ever played on Thanksgiving, Razor has the answer.