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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Curtis McKenzie Inks a Contract Extension

Stars sign gritty McKenzie to contract extension, Landon Bow signs an entry level contract. Texas Stars lose to the Iowa Wild, Crosby vs McDavid

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Slow news day as far as the Dallas Stars are concerned on Friday, but they did take time to sign forward Curtis McKenzie to an one year extension. The former AHL rookie of the year has 18 points for the season mainly in a 4th line role.

"It's nice, for sure," said McKenzie, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. "This whole year is kind of been wondering what was going to happen for next season. So, I was pretty happy when they offered it to me yesterday. It's definitely nice to have that in the back pocket for next year."

McKenzie has come up through the Stars system and in his 1st full NHL season has struggled to remain in the lineup on a consistent basis He has been a healthy scratch 22 times.

"It's been a little different than I probably drew up," McKenzie said. "I think there are few more games I'd like to be playing in, but I think I have been playing well when I have had the opportunities. Now, going into next season I know I can play here. I feel like I am an NHL player. I am excited for next season to come along and be part of the team again."

More here. (Stars Inside Edge)

Dallas has had problems in goal this season with the 2 headed monster of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi failing to provide quality goaltending on a night to night basis. And the coffers in the Stars farm system are pretty bare. Both Maxime Lagace and Philipe Desrosiers are struggling this season.

Prior to the season the Texas Stars signed undrafted goalie Landow Bow who had some decent numbers in the WHL. He too had his struggles in Cedar Park and was sent down to Idaho where he is shining. Bow was rewarded on Friday by signing a 2 year contract with Dallas. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

There is a line from the movie “Goon” where Doug Glatt is learning how to skate and his coach says to him “You have to suck to get better.” Maybe this season is what the Stars needed down the road to take the next step to be an elite team. (Blackout Dallas)

Texas Stars:

Former Texas Captain Max Fortunus and the Iowa Wild were at Cedar Park last night. They had 2 goals in the first to chase goalie Justin Peters and then 3 more in the 3rd for a 5-1 win over the Stars. Ethan Werek had the lone goal for Texas. (Texas Stars)

Many fans think Julius Honka and Jason Dickinson should get call ups to finish the season with big club now they are virtually out of the playoffs. Sean Shapiro has a look at their games as well as other prospects in Cedar Park. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

The premier matchup last night was another meeting between Sidney Crosby’s Penguins and his heir apparent Connor McDavid’s Oilers. McDavid scored a late goal to send the game to OT. Phil Kessel scored the winner in the shootout for the 3-2 win. (PensBurgh)

It looks like 92 points will be the cutoff to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference while 90 points will be enough in the West. What does each team need to do down the stretch to reach those marks. (The Athletic)

Last year none of the 7 Canadian teams made the playoffs this year 5 of them look to be locks for the playoffs. (Sportsnet)

A look at what the Stars, Canucks and Jets will do with their coaches in the offseason. (FanRag Sports)

A surprise increase in the salary cap could make things easier for GMs. (The Hockey News)

Here is a list of some of the UFA’s for the summer. (Bleacher Report)

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek thinks it is utterly ridiculous that the NHL is considering to skip the 2018 Olympics. (TSN)

Finally you have to love this fan giveaway from the San Jose Sharks.