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Dallas Stars Daily Links: How Jamie Benn’s Show-Don’t-Tell Style Helps Define the Stars

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The Captain is a man of few words, but he gets the job done. Plus, more World Juniors updates, and more IR in the #MDK.

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Jamie Benn has always been the kind of captain who leads with deeds, not words. and Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News makes the case that this is exactly what the Dallas Stars need.

Benn’s style can be frustrating for fans, who’d like to know more about how he motivates the team (and sometimes wonder whether he’s saying enough). But it seems to be meshing with head coach Ken Hitchcock’s own methods:

New/old coach Ken Hitchcock preaches a strategy where he first leads and then eventually hands leadership responsibility over to the players. While that worked perfectly behind the scenes in the past and happened organically with the old Stars, it's a more public proposition in this day of media overexposure. You want the story, so we ask about it. A lot.

When in this handoff of leadership going to take place?

How is it going to take place?

Who are the parties that will make this handoff take place?

I bombarded Benn with those questions Friday morning, and he sort of just shrugged.

Stars fans already know how Benn can put a game on his shoulders, and new players have noticed it, too:

"That's his responsibility," Hitchcock said. "He takes it seriously and he's good at it."

Goalie Ben Bishop added: "At any given time in a game, he kind of takes it over. He's a great leader, he's a great captain. I'm proud to play for him. He steps up when we need him."

Mike has more, plus a lot of Tom Hardy references, at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

More Stars!

The DBD Stars - San Jose Sharks preview should be here soon. Meanwhile, have a look at Mark Stepneski’s official version.

Mark also brought Saturday practice notes, including news that neither Martin Hanzal nor Marc Methot will be ready to play tonight. [Stars Inside Edge]

Razor, feeling sassy, busted out the alliteration for Ben Bishop and Jason Spezza and named Alexander Radulov the Man of the Match after the Stars’ 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Around the league(s)

The Blues were the only Central Division team playing yesterday, and they bounced back at home with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. [St. Louis Game Time]

There’s more #MDK action tonight – here are the not-Stars games on the schedule:

Bad news for the Nashville Predators: Top scorer Filip Forsberg, who’s also been something of a horse with 325 consecutive starts, is on IR due to an upper-body injury. [Associated Press]

Better news for the Pittsburgh Penguins: Starting netminder Matt Murray practiced yesterday and may be ready to play tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. [NHL]

With the Ottawa Senators’ season collapsing, other NHL teams are circling forward Mike Hoffman – including the Blues.

Elsewhere, how much can Marc Bergevin get for Max Pacioretty? The Hockey Night In Canada panel discusses the trade market for the Montreal Canadiens star.

Justin Cuthbert helps all seven Canadian NHL teams with their New Year’s resolutions. [Puck Daddy]

With Seattle’s NHL expansion bid almost a foregone conclusion, Walter McLaughlin has assembled 10 possible names for a potential new team.

The 10th NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers, begins tomorrow at noon Central time. Mary Clarke asks the important question: How will the New York weather affect play? [SB Nation]

P.S.: Look who’s there!

Team USA wraps up its preliminary-round World Juniors schedule with today’s game against Finland, beginning at 3 p.m. Central time.

With Canada undefeated, the U.S. squad can’t come out on top of Group A – but they can get second seed with a win. [SB Nation]

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park (and Beautiful Boise)

The Stars’ AHL and ECHL affiliates played their final games of 2017 last night:

Denis Gurianov scored a power-play goal, but the Texas Stars came up short at home against the San Diego Gulls, 6-3. It was the T-Stars’ second loss on a weekend back-to-back; they’ll meet the Gulls again in H-E-B Center on Wednesday, Jan 3.

Cole Ully was one of four skaters who scored for the Idaho Steelheads, but the Utah Grizzlies held on to win 5-4 in the shootout.

And ESPN’s John Buccigross joined this weekend’s Bud Light Steelheads Hockey Show to discuss the World Juniors, the NCAA game, marketing the NHL, and the late, great Johnny Bower.


One more shot from the World Juniors, as Cale Makar fans have some fun with signage. Enjoy.