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Thursday Links: Jason Dickinson To Make His Season Debut

Dickinson will play tonight, Honka update, Star visit Childrens Hospital

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With injuries to players like Mattias Janmark and Ales Hemsky, the Stars are missing some of their speed they had last season. Jason Dickinson who was called up on Tuesday could help things in the speed game.

In the last three, four weeks (in the AHL), I think he has found his hands, skated really well,” Ruff said of Dickinson. “He’s a big man that skates well. I think one thing with some of the players we have out, some of the speed part of our game is missing. He’s a guy that I think we can put in and he can add to the speed of our lineup

Dickinson made it into a game last season and scores his first NHL goal on his first shot, but was sent back the next day.

That’s a little bit of the monkey off the back to get the game going,” Dickinson said. “But it doesn’t make it any easier. I’ve got to still make an impact and I got to fight for every inch of ice and every minute of ice.

More here from Sean Shapiro. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Stars fans had a scare on Tuesday when defenseman Julias Honka left the game with what was reported as an upper body injury, and was seen with a cast after the game. Today he was sans cast but will still miss a few games.

Honka might not have gotten the opportunity to skate with Dallas, if GM Jim Nill wouldn’t have found a loophole in the NHL-CHL agreement. Maybe the agreement needs to be updated. (FANRAG Sports)

Coach Ruff worked the players hard in practice yesterday in the hope of getting a 60 minute effort from his team.

Today was meant to just be a real hard, demanding practice. I don't quit practice and I don't stop in my shifts. It's stop and start, and it's not swinging, and it's a lot of physical play inside of it. Not your typical day before a game practice, probably in the eyes of a lot of guys too hard, but right now I don't mind that.

More from Mike Heika (DMN)

Right now the Stars are outside of a playoff spot. What do they and other playoff contenders that have also struggled need to do fix things? (SB Nation)

Texas Stars:

Travis Morin is last original Texas Star.
Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

Center Travis Morin is the only player left from the Texas Stars inaugural season 2009-2010. He holds pretty much all of the team records, but father time has worked against him getting a shot with the big club.

University of Texas Journalism student Reese Miller with a nice article about the Cedar Park Captain. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

One of Texas Pacific Division opponents the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton) have some nice jerseys honoring the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

How the Wild’s Devan Dubnyk was able to turn his game around. (ESPN)

Suspensions are down nearly 75 per cent in the NHL this year compared to the average of the last three regular seasons at this same point. (TSN)

John Scott announced his retirement yesterday:

Be sure to pick up his book when it comes out.

League GMs will meet today where they will discuss if NHL players play in the 2018 Korean Olympics and 30 other thoughts (Sports Net)

Calgary Flames v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Down Goes Brown takes a look at 5 of the leagues most confusing players, including Flames goalie Brian Elliott. (The Hockey News)

If the ping pong balls goes Vegas way for next years draft and they get the No. 1 pick, who they might select. They are guaranteed at not picking any lower than the sixth pick. (SinBin Vegas)

Vegas revealed their name the Golden Knights last month. Apparently now their trademark request has been denied. Originally owner Bill Foley, a West Point graduate, wanted the name Black Knights, but that is the Army Academy’s mascot. So he chose Golden Knights which also happens to be the name of the Army Parachute Demonstration Team. (SB Nation)

A possible update:

Finally the Stars visited the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, yesterday to deliver some Christmas cheer to the young patients: