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Dallas Stars Daily Links: GM Jim Nill Shares Thoughts on Esa Lindell, Goalies, and More

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Stars general manager Jim Nill chatted with The Power Play. Plus, the Sharks are headed to the Stanley Cup Final, and a look back at the best conference finals in recent history.

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Stars general manager Jim Nill joined The Power Play on SiriusXM yesterday, where he talked about everything from Jamie Benn's contract extension to the impact Tyler Seguin's absence had on the team.

Here's what the GM had to say about Esa Lindell.

On if defenseman Esa Lindell, who played at the World Championship, might be on the Dallas roster in the fall

"When we made the decision to send him over there for the World Championship, we knew he was going to play lots, and it's a great learning tool for a younger player. It's his second World Championship, so it is a great compliment to him. He is going to play for Finland in the World Cup coming up here in September. He's a good, young player. We have him projected to be on our team, and I think he is going to be. He's a good, young player. He's a heavy body and he's part of the transition we kind of have coming into place on our backend.

And, of course, no interview with Nill would be complete without attempting to get an answer on what the Stars plan to do in goal next season.

On how the thinking on the goaltending is going

"When I sit back and look at it, if you take away the Game 7, that was a tough game for Kari [Lehtonen], other than that he had a pretty good playoff. That's the trouble; sometimes you are remembered for your last actions. We did get 50 wins on the year and we were second overall in the league, so there were some pretty good things that happened. We are going to make some adjustments to different things. The things we talked about and we were criticized for during the season was our two-goalie system, and if you look in the playoffs now, it looks like that is what everybody is using.

There's plenty more from Nill at the link. [Stars Inside Edge]

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Who will join Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey? [Sportsnet]

And speaking of the World Cup, there's no love for either Valeri Nichushkin or Radek Faksa in ESPN's latest roster predictions for Russia and the Czech Republic. [ESPN]

Sean McIndoe counts down the best conference finals in recent history, and the Stars' seven-game series against the Avalanche in 2000 makes the cut. [The Hockey News]

On Sunday, Stars prospect Chris Martenet and the London Knights will play in the championship game at the 2016 Memorial Cup. [Stars Inside Edge]

The Sharks scored early and often to beat the Blues 5-2 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, their first trip in franchise history. [NHL]

In honor of tonight's Game 7 between the Penguins and the Lightning, take a look back at the 14 Game 7s in Pittsburgh's history. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

The Canucks and the Panthers did some wheeling and dealing yesterday, which means Erik Gudbranson is headed to Vancouver and Jared McCann is on his way to the Sunshine State.

The arrival of an AHL affiliate in Arizona is great news for the Coyotes. [Five for Howling]

Over at Today's Slapshot, a case for why Predators defenseman Roman Josi is one of the best blueliners in the league. [Today's Slapshot]

Uncertainty remains over where Pavel Datsyuk will be playing next season.

The Bruins are hoping to shore up their blue line before the 2016-17 season gets underway. [Sportsnet]

The Coyotes have hired Ari Segal as their new COO. Segal previously worked as the president of business operations for the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim's AHL affiliate. [TSN]

It turns out that people really, really love NHL 2004. [Digital Trends]

And finally, that's one way to pick a name for your kid.