In a Sports Illustrated article, Patrick Sharp spoke candidly about this season, taking his older brother on the Stars’ road trip to Washington, and his father’s battle with leukemia. He also discussed his reasoning behind pushing through an injury that’s worsened over the past few years and will eventually require surgery.
“It was tough,” he says. “With the trade deadline I’m sure there was an opportunity to maybe play deep into the playoffs. Or I could’ve shut it down earlier. But that goes against everything you grow up doing. If you can put the skates on and play, you go."
But although the season has been disappointing, Sharp has found perspective.
Then there’s the screenshot, snapped during a FaceTime session with his parents in December. Until recently it was set as his lock screen on his cellphone, always the first thing Sharp would see. In the picture his mother, Ruth Ann, rests her head on the shoulder of his father, Ian, who is bald and wearing glasses. To an uniformed eye, he looks healthy. Sharp knows the truth.
“You talk about the tough season the Stars have had, or my injury, that puts things in perspective when you get on the phone and hear what he’s going through,” he says. His eyes cast down at the phone. “Maybe that doesn’t look like anything to you. To me, that doesn’t look like my dad.”
Check out the rest of the story at the link. [Sports Illustrated]
Mark Stepneski takes a look at Esa Lindell’s rookie season. [NHL]
In Sean Shapiro’s latest mailbag he debates Stephen Johns vs. Jamie Oleksiak, and offers his take on the Adam Cracknell re-signing. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
If you haven’t already begun playing armchair GM, head right this way and blame Taylor for bringing this into your life. [DBD]
Well, at least Ryan Palmer had a good time on Wednesday night.
Over at Puck Daddy, a look at unlikely players who’ve dropped the gloves (including Mike Modano). [Puck Daddy]
Mike Heika ruminates on what the Stars’ defense might look like next season. [Dallas Morning News]
When Matt Niskanen was a rookie with the Stars back in 2007, he drove a ’01 Pontiac Sunfire. At least until Marty Turco stepped in. [Washington Post]
Penguins forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for four games.
Pittsburgh’s Tom Sestito suspended four games for boarding Winnipeg’s Toby Enstrom. https://t.co/JtvHKlB9Uy— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 10, 2017
SB Nations’ Mary Clarke explains why the entire Sestito situation was avoidable. [SB Nation]
Johnny Oduya is back with the Blackhawks. Here’s what to expect from him in Chicago. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Elliotte Friedman has 30 thoughts for you to consider. [Sportsnet]
What would the NHL standings look like if the league used a different point system? [Sportsnet]
Craig Cunningham is making progress.
Here's the most awesome thing I've seen in awhile. My buddy Craig Cunningham is making amazing progress in his rehab. This kid is a winner pic.twitter.com/Id0mErdN0y— Ray Ferraro (@rayferrarotsn) March 9, 2017
Mike Fisher is feeling pretty confident about the Predators’ playoff chances. [The Hockey News]
Players name their favorite refs, including Wes McCauley and Dan O’Halloran. [ESPN]
Patrik Laine continues to make a convincing case for the Calder Trophy. [TSN]
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