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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Farewell, Big Rig

The Dallas Stars and Jamie Oleksiak have said their goodbyes after 6+ years. Plus everyone decides to write about Vegas and the Islanders arena deal is official.

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Probably the last time the lead image is Oleksiak in green.
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After 6 years with the Dallas Stars organization, Jamie Oleksiak is now officially a Pittsburgh Penguin, thanks to the trade on Tuesday that netted the Stars a 2019 fourth round pick.

Though many fans are upset about how Oleksiak developed with the Stars, it’s worth remembering that the blame shouldn’t rest solely with the young defenseman:

To be fair to Oleksiak, very little of this is his fault. He didn't pick himself 14th overall in 2011. He didn't decide to shoehorn a litany of young defensemen into the organization at the same time. He didn't engineer a run that produced two playoff teams in nine seasons

Of course you could argue that the Big Rig didn’t take advantage of the opportunities he was given, but the Stars organization is at fault as well. Radek Faksa is the only remaining first round draft pick from the Joe Nieuwendyk era. Dallas also doesn’t have a great track record for developing defensemen:

Dallas drafted defensemen in the first round for three straight seasons in the mid-2000s, taking Mark Fistric, Matt Niskanen and Ivan Vishnevisky. Niskanen is still in the league, but he did most of his developing after he left the organization. Once upon a time, he, Fistric, Trevor Daley and Vishnevskiy were supposed to be the future.

Let’s just hope the Stars fare better with Johns, Honka, Heiskanen, and the rest of them.

You can read more in Mike Heika’s piece here.

Oleksiak says his goodbyes to the Stars family on Twitter:

...and welcomes his new opportunity with the defending two-time champions:

You can hear more from the Big Rig on the trade and his new team here: [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Stars Stories

Here are Scott Burnside’s five takeaways from Tuesday’s loss against the Washington Capitals: [NHL]

Mark Stepneski has you covered with the post game quotes. [Between the Blue Lines]

And here’s the Carcast Podcast from after the game:

Enough of that game though; let’s look forward to tonight, where the Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks. [NHL]

Stars prospect Riley Tufte played on the first line for the Americans at the World Juniors yesterday, and he had a good showing:

Martin Hanzal has had a rocky start to the season, but he’s still pressing forward despite his injuries. [NHL]

League Links

It was a quiet night in the league last night, with only three games. The St. Louis Blues were the lone Central team playing, losing 2-1 to the Calgary Flames. [NHL]

Everyone thought the Vegas Golden Knights were going to be awful this year, so can you really blame David Perron here?

But even if they’re a good team, does that mean the Golden Knights are cup contenders? Jared Clinton investigates. [The Hockey News]

Apparently everyone loves writing about Vegas; he might be a polarizing figure, but Greg Wyshnyski got a lot of praise for this piece on Vegas’ success at home. [ESPN]

It’s official: the New York Islanders have a future home:

Elliotte Friedman discusses the big announcement plus more in his 31 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]

Clayton Keller might have started the season as the best rookie, but Brock Boeser is the king now:

John Klingberg slots in at #4 and Esa Lindell at #47 in this ranking of the top fantasy defensemen in the league. [NHL]


Congratulations to Antoine Roussel and his wife for their newest addition to the family: