The Pittsburgh Penguins' run to the 2016 Stanley Cup may have demonstrated that the Dallas Stars and their rapid-fire offensive game could be leading the way in 2017, according to ESPN's Craig Custance.
Like that of the newly crowned Stanley Cup champions, the Stars' swift offense proves that speed kills, Custance says:
"The Stars make this list because they have the kind of speed in their lineup that would stack up with the best in the Eastern Conference," Custance said.
But the Stars still have some work to do this offseason.
"GM Jim Nill has to address his goaltending for the Stars to be considered legitimate Stanley Cup contenders," Custance said, "but speed is such a weapon these days in the NHL that Dallas is one of the most dangerous teams in the league."
While we're on the subject, Dave Lozo has ranked all 30 teams' chances of winning the Cup next season. [The Comeback]
Mike Heika discusses how good Stephen Johns and Esa Lindell could become, and how trends toward the speed game and the two-goalie system could play into the Stars' hands next season. [SportsDayDFW]
Daddy's home: NHL on NBC featured Jason Demers as yesterday's UFA of the Day.
UFA of the Day: Jason Demers https://t.co/J8SNcFDM63— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 13, 2016
Good wishes are pouring in for Stars play-by-play announcer Dave Strader. Dallas Cowboys broadcasting legend Brad Sham sent his support:
Sending the highest prayers and best wishes to Stars' voice Dave Strader as he battles cancer. We are with you, friend! #dallasstars— Brad Sham (@Boys_Vox) June 13, 2016
..as did Dallas Mavericks and FC Dallas PxP man Mark Followill:
Sending good vibes, support & prayers to Dave Strader for the road ahead. Great guy & very talented play-by-play man https://t.co/tOewXPk5Hb— Mark Followill (@MFollowill) June 13, 2016
Razor broadcasted his best wishes as well:
And Bob McKenzie tweeted his support:
ICYMI: Sidney Crosby had a reason why he wanted Trevor Daley to get the first handoff of the Stanley Cup. Read about it here.
Mike Modano, who knows something about Dales himself, offered this.
That's how great a teammate everyone thinks Trevor Daley is, 1st guy to get the cup from Crosby. @penguins— Mike Modano (@9modano) June 13, 2016
And if you're wondering why Phil didn't win the Conn Smythe Trophy, Ryan Lambert is, too.
New Puck Daddy: What We Learned: Why Phil Kessel deserved the Conn Smythe https://t.co/hsR2RwBRuZ— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 13, 2016
No one who actually plays beside Kessel understands why he attracts so much grief – they're just glad The Thrill has finally hoisted Lord Stanley.
The postseason didn't come soon enough for the NHL's Canadian teams, who just suffered through their first playoffs shutout in 46 years and are already dreaming of draft-day glory. [Sportsnet]
Speaking of which, Larry Fisher has posted The Hockey Writers' fifth annual mock draft. [THW]
Twelve of the top 30 North Americans in the 2016 NHL Draft are from the United States. Joe Yerdon examines how Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Jakob Chychrun and many other top players reflect the growth of U.S. hockey, especially in the South and Southwest. [NHL]
With public seating at Gordie Howe's Wednesday funeral expected to be at a premium, the Detroit Red Wings are urging fans to attend today's visitation at Joe Louis Arena.
We encourage fans wishing to pay their respects to Gordie Howe to attend visitation at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow: https://t.co/AmCS3qP8uM— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 13, 2016
Finally: Keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard posts many great photos of Stanley's travels. Here's one of the latest. Enjoy.