Like many of his teammates, Tyler Seguin has been hanging out at StarCenter ice making some kids’ days (or summers, or lives) as a guest coach at Dallas Stars Summer Hockey Camp. But he took a moment away from "flying around for two hours" to talk with Mark Stepneski about the upcoming World Cup of Hockey and the Stars’ offseason roster moves.
Not the least of those moves was the blockbuster contract for Segs’ linemate and Super Best Friend, Jamie Benn. Tyler talked with Jamie after the mega-deal was final:
"Just said congrats and save some for the rest of us," Seguin said with a smile. "I think he’s deserved everything. I think he’s a great leader, a great teammate and obviously a great linemate, so I was definitely excited for him."
He also says "our window just opened" for the Stars as Stanley Cup competitors, and discussed what that means for the new, younger roster:
"It’s huge. You can talk about playoffs all you want, but until you win a game, until you lose a game, until you win a series, until you lose a series, you don’t know that taste and what it’s like," he said. "That’s the kind of stuff that drives you, gaining that experience. Obviously, a couple years ago we made the playoffs, but when you look at our team, this was the first real run a lot of guys have had, so that’s good for us and something we want to build on."
There’s much more at Mark’s page. [Stars Inside Edge]
And speaking of the oncoming season, the Dallas Stars and Texas Stars will once again meet in the Austin area for preseason training. This year’s camp will take place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25, 2016 in H-E-B Center (formerly Cedar Park Center).
Mark also shared some news for fans in Ontario about a special Stars preseason game against the Florida Panthers.
The Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers will play preseason game in London, Ontario on Oct. 2. pic.twitter.com/EXdE3ILh7E— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) August 9, 2016
The Hockey News says the Stars will go far in the upcoming season, and names the team’s top 10 prospects, in its 2016 Yearbook. [Ruffled Lines]
Las Vegas Team To Be Named Later has added Team Canada’s Misha Donskov as director of hockey operations. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
Meanwhile, media conglomerate Québecor has not given up on bringing back the Nordiques. [Kelowna Daily Courier]
The Players’ Tribune has posted a great Mailbag starring Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan – who talks about Red Army, the Winter Olympics, the Red Wings-Avalanche animus, and this memorable anecdote involving more than one former Star.
Losing the Rams has finally produced a silver lining for the Gateway City: It’s led directly to the St. Louis Blues getting the 2017 Winter Classic, in which they will play – wait for it! – the Chicago Blackhawks. [NHL on NBC]
Reports out of Russia that Alex Ovechkin has suffered a training injury that could take him out of the World Cup appear to be exaggerated: Ovi himself has posted video evidence of his continuing good health. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
As it turns out, Jamie Oleksiak isn’t the only NHL’er with a sister (swimmer and two-time medalist Penny Oleksiak) competing in the Rio Olympics. The Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse is in Brazil cheering on his own sibling, Team Canada basketball player Kia Nurse. [Sportsnet]
Jared Clinton names five NHL players, from Jarome Iginla to Jaromir Jagr, who could decide to retire after the 2016-17 season. [The Hockey News]
Finally: Yesterday Brett Hull celebrated his birthday, and The Dallas Morning News marked the day with this reminder of another celebration. Enjoy.