Maybe trading for Ben Bishop or Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t the answer after all. In his latest mailbag, Sean Shapiro discusses how the Stars could potentially address their goaltending issues.
I think the required money, injury history, and overall benefit of Bishop and Fleury aren’t worth the investment.
If I were the Stars I’d look at Scott Darling, Annti Raanta, and Philipp Grubauer. All three are back-ups in their mid-20s right now, but are getting ready to enter the prime of their careers.
Is it a bit risky? Yes. Will it be tricky to make the move happen? Yes.
There’s plenty more at the link, including Shapiro’s picks on who to protect in the expansion draft (Cody Eakin over Antoine Roussel) and his thoughts on the play of Philippe Desrosiers. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
Tonight, the Stars take on the red-hot Capitals at the AAC at 7 p.m.
The big news from yesterday was that Johnny Oduya has been placed on IR, and Julius Honka has been called up. [SportsDayDFW]
But despite Honka’s call-up, don’t expect to see him on the ice too much.
Lindy said that despite the call-up of Honka, the immediate plan is to stay with the six defensemen who have been playing recently.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) January 20, 2017
The Stars’ season may not be going as planned, but Patrick Eaves is having the best year of his career. [NHL]
Also from Sean Shapiro: a possible explanation for the recent number of high-scoring games. [FanRag Sports]
Here’s a familiar face for y’all.
After a rough stretch of games, Blue goaltender Jake Allen is getting “a day to reset,” and won’t join the team on their road trip. [TSN]
This past offseason, Marian Hossa focused on improving his speed. That decision is paying dividends. [Sports Illustrated]
A year after his All-Star Game experience, catch up John Scott and his family.
Huge thanks to John & Danielle Scott for opening their home. Here's a glimpse of their life now, one year later: https://t.co/tkmDaZlVDG— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) January 20, 2017
Doctors have ruled Senators forward Clarke MacArthur out for the season. What does that mean for Ottawa moving forward? [TSN]
And speaking of the Sens, the pros and cons of the team potentially trading defenseman Cody Ceci. [Sportsnet]
The Capitals are currently in the middle of their Dads’ Trip, which will continue in Dallas. (The trip has also meant a lot to T.J. Oshie, whose father has Alzheimer’s.)
Sean McIndoe shares his Friday Grab Bag, featuring the latest three stars of comedy and a classic YouTube clip. [VICE]
Get to know Troy Terry, the United States’ shootout hero from the WJC. [New York Times]
Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves talks about stepping on the ice as an emergency backup goaltender. [WBUR]
And finally, see how Radek Faksa found his way to the NHL.