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Dallas Stars Thursday Links: Stars Are Playing in Quicksand

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Stars season keeps falling apart. PK is hurting the Stars, Should Lehtonen and Niemi be bought out and Texas has uphill climb to make the playoffs

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Earlier this season Dallas Stars beat writer Mike Heika quoted some famous philosophers in a story when fans thought defenseman Jordie Benn had a spot on the team because of his brother and captain Jamie.

Now he takes to quoting actor Keanu Reeve’s character Shane Falco from the the movie “The Replacements.”

"Quicksand," Reaves replies when asked what he fears on the field. "You're playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can't move... you can't breathe... because you're in over your head. Like quicksand."

This sums up the Stars season so far as it seems like one thing after another goes wrong for them. Injuries, bad penalties and a porous defense has did the Stars in.

"It's not an excuse, it's an explanation," said Stars general manager Jim Nill. "We have had to battle through a lot of things this year. That's the business, and no one is going to feel sorry for you, but it is also the reality of the situation."

There are 28 games left in the 2016-2017 season, currently the Stars are 7 points out of the final playoff spot. After losing 3 games in a row they need to have a .678 winning percentage in the final games to have a shot of the postseason. (DMN)

For the 7th straight game Dallas allowed a power-play goal in Tuesday’s night loss to the Leafs. They now have the worst penalty-kill in the league and are pace to have the worst PK in the salary-cap era. (NBC Sports)

Yesterday was Patrik Nemeth’s birthday:

Should GM Jim Nill go ahead and buyout the remaining years of the contracts for Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi? Combined their save percentage .896 is 2nd worst in the league. Not good when you have over 10 million of cap space tied up for the 2 netminders. (The Score)

One trade rumor yesterday had Nill beginning preliminary talks with Pittsburgh on bringing Marc-Andre Fleury to the Stars. (Pensburgh)

Mike Heika’s weekly Q&A session was yesterday:

Texas Stars:

In their brief history the Texas Stars have only missed the playoffs once. This season looks to be the 2nd unless they can go on incredible run. Currently they are 7th in the Pacific Division with 45 points and it is looking like they would need 90 points to get it. (100 Degree Hockey)

Roster Move:


A weird schedule that had only 1 NHL game last night and it involved Central Division teams. Chicago on a goal by Jonathan Towes got the overtime 4-3 win against the Wild.

There was a 9 minute video review on a Minnesota’ 2nd period goal that tied the game at 2-2. Replays clearly showed Zach Parise was offsides, but the refs said they couldn’t determine if the play was definitely offsides so the goal counted. (Sportsnet)

Handicapping the Central playoff race it looks like it will be a battle between the Wild and Hawks for the division lead. (NBC Sports)

Earlier this week Boston fired head coach Claude Julien, that now means Chicago’s Joel Quenneville has the current longest tenure for a coach with the same team. (Second City Hockey)

Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman has a pretty impressive resume with his 14 (9 from coaching) cup wins was named to the Order of Hockey Canada. (CBC Sports)

When San Jose coach Pete DeBoer was fired from New Jersey it was claimed he didn’t utilized younger players in the right way. In his first 2 years with Sharks he has shown mastery of knowing when a young player is NHL ready. (CSN)

Rumors had Arizona visiting arenas in Seattle and Portland after their new arena deal fell through. (Bleacher Reports)

Who are some of the candidates for NHL awards? (Bleacher Reports)

Which teams will be hurt with a flat salary-cap next season? (THN)

Are great goal scorers born or are they made that way? (USA Hockey)

Boston College vs Boston University and Denver vs Colorado College highlights this look into the greatest rivalries in college hockey. (NCAA)

Finally in honor of the 40th anniversary of the movie “Slap Shot” what are some of the best hockey movies?