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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Dan Hamhuis Senses “Good Vibe” in Dallas

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The Stars’ newest defenseman is excited to be a part of the team. Plus, Mike Heika held his weekly chat, and the Las Vegas naming saga continues.

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Since signing a two-year contract with the Stars, Dan Hamhuis has wasted no time getting involved in Dallas and pitched in with the organization’s Rookie Girls program.

“I love doing that. I spend time with kids during the summer doing hockey schools,” Hamhuis said. “It’s no different whether it is in Canada or Dallas. It is exciting to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they are out on the ice. For some of them, it was their first time, and it’s such a fun sport, I want to see more and more people involved.”

Hamhuis also talked about the positive environment in Dallas and his excitement for the season.

“The Dallas Stars are in an exciting spot right now. This is a team that is in a position to win. I am excited to be a part of that,” Hamhuis said. “There’s a good vibe around the rink. Guys are excited, and I think guys know the opportunity that sits in front of us. Personally, it’s great to be in a position like this in my career right now. Yeah, it’s a good vibe around the room.”

There’s more from Hamhuis—and from Jason Spezza, who calls Hamhuis a “consummate pro”— at the link. [Stars]

Mike Heika held his weekly Stars chat on Monday. [SportsDayDFW]

Heika also answered a few questions on Twitter and offered his take on Curtis McKenzie’s future.

Last week, Sportsnet pointed out a reason to be optimistic about each NHL team. This week, the league’s glass is half empty. (Spoiler alert: The Stars should be worried about goaltending. Y’all tired of hearing that yet?) [Sportsnet]

I hope you haven’t gotten your heart set on the Las Vegas Desert Knights. It looks like the Sand Knights is another of the names on the table. [Puck Daddy]

Over at TSN, Travis Yost looks at how historical stats can help predict future success. [TSN]

Down Goes Brown names the dozen stars you can’t quite bring yourself to hate.

The Hurricanes have signed Raffi Torres to a PTO. [The Hockey News]

And in other Carolina news, the Canes have also extended general manager Ron Francis’ contract through the 2018-19 season. [Puck Daddy]

The rookies are all hanging out without you.

Don’t expect goalie equipment to be getting a makeover anytime soon. [TSN]

There’s a chance the Penguins could start the season without Phil Kessel, who recently underwent hand surgery. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

And finally, Jason Spezza is hosting a hockey clinic.