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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Place Antoine Roussel on IR, Recall Jason Dickinson

The Stars play the Coyotes tonight . Plus, Jim Nill talks 2017, and what playing in the World Junior Championship could mean for Denis Gurianov.

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The Stars’ injury woes continue. Ahead of tonight’s game against the Coyotes, the team placed Antoine Roussel on injured reserve and called up Jason Dickinson.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team has also placed forward Antoine Roussel on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 20.

Dickinson, 21, has registered 14 points (4-10=14) in 19 games with Texas this season. The forward ranks sixth on the team with a +7 plus/minus rating and shares fifth among Texas forwards with 10 assists so far in 2016-17. Dickinson has also appeared in one game for Dallas this season.

You can check out the rest of the press release at the link. [Stars]

Hockey’s back! Tonight at 8 p.m., the Stars face the Coyotes in Arizona.

Jim Nill and Mike Heika chatted about the Stars’ goaltending, defenseman, and identity heading into 2017.

Q: What is your opinion of carrying eight defensemen? Is there both good and bad?

Nill: I just think you have to have it for depth. You're going to have injuries, and you need that depth. In the end, the players decide who is going to play, and I think we're settling into a group of six or seven, so that's been good. But we could wake up tomorrow and two defensemen are hurt, so I like having the depth.

There’s plenty more from Nill at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

Heika also takes a look at what the Stars are doing to fix their overtime record. [SportsDayDFW]

The Stars hope the World Junior Championship will be a valuable experience for Denis Gurianov. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

And in Russia’s 5-3 loss to Canada last night, Gurianov logged an assist and 13:18 in TOI.

Speaking of the WJC, Esa Lindell talks about what it was like to help Finland win a gold medal in the 2014 tournament. [NHL]

Players—including Tyler Seguin—reveal the best holiday gifts they’ve given. [NHL]

Are the playoffs already set? Puck Daddy’s Ryan Lambert takes a look. [Puck Daddy]

ICYMI from last game:

From the Penguins’ Stanley Cup win to P.K. Subban’s departure from Montreal, the top storylines from 2016. [Sportsnet]

The Penguins have signed head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year contract extension. [TSN]

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban brought some holiday cheer to Nashville.

As the world juniors get underway, here’s what to expect from Team Canada. [The Hockey News]

Or you can just let Taylor Hall fill you in on what it’s all about.

When Auston Matthews faced off against Shane Doan and the Coyotes last week, we got a glimpse of the past and future of Arizona hockey. [TSN]

And finally, you could probably have guessed what this week’s Budlight Frozen Moment was going to be.