On Mattias Janmark, he confirmed today that he will not play this season.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 22, 2017
Stars forward Mattias Janmark has started skating recently, after being out all season after knee surgery to fix a problem, he has dealt with during his hockey career. Now it is being announced he won’t return this year.
"It's fun. I've been on a few morning skates, but practice is a step further," Janmark said. "It's fun skating on the ice. It feels pretty good, but it's hard to say because I am not going too hard. You could try to push it but there is no reason, and I don't think I feel good enough to do it."
Janmark had a condition called osteochondritis dissecans which affects the blood flow to the bone. The surgery has an 80% chance of recovery and he hopes to be ready for training camp next season.
"I for sure expect to be ready by camp. I'll probably have some hints during the summer, but for sure that's my goal," Janmark said. "If I am not ready by then, then I am going to have to start looking at options. That's a long time, that's almost 12 months [since the surgery]. But I for sure expect to be ready by then. Absolutely."
More here. (Stars Inside Edge)
The recent version of the Stars is to play a high-energy fast style game. That style helped them to the best record in the Western Conference. This year though has been a disaster, with injuries and new personnel the team could not get on track.
After some recent blowout losses Coach Lindy Ruff decided to use a less riskier system that emphasizes better defensive coverage. A 1-0 shutout win on Tuesday was the result. Is this the style of play they will use in the remaining games? (Sports Day DFW)
Dallas travels to Chicago tonight for a game with the Blackhawks. The Hawks who have been one of the best teams since the All-Star break, had a 5 game winning streak snapped on Tuesday. Your preview. (Stars Inside Edge)
The road to the Frozen Four begins on Friday and 2 of the Stars prospects will be competing in the West Regional. 2016 1st round pick Riley Tufte’s Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs are the #1 seed. Rhett Gardner’s North Dakota team won it all last year and are the host team for the regional as the # 3 seed. Ohio State (#2) and Boston University (#4) are the other 2 teams in the regional. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)
Last night the Texas Stars hosted the Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona) in a wild affair at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Stars had a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period but the Roadrunners scored 2 goals in the 3rd including one in the final minute to send the game to overtime. Matej Stransky put in a rebound to give the Stars a 4-3 win. (Texas Stars)
The game winning goal:
With some new faces for Texas like Dillion Heatherington and Gavin Bayreuther, one has to wonder who has had the longest name in team history? 100 Degree Hockey has the answer.
The team made some roster moves yesterday:
Interesting situation in the Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets game last night as Leafs coach Mike Babcock forgot to put a player in the box during a 5 minute major to Roman Polak. Polak was also given a game misconduct penalty.
Rule 20.3 stipulates that a team can wait until a stoppage in play while killing off a major penalty before sending someone to the box. The only problem? There wasn’t one, and the Leafs wound up giving Columbus a power play that stretched six minutes 54 seconds with no whistles as a result. (Sportsnet)
ESPN writers take a look at whether NHL players will play in next year’s Olympics after Gary Bettman announced the NHL will probably not be shutting down for the games. (ESPN)
This year’s Hart Trophy winner should be more about value to his team than who is leading the NHL in scoring. Right now Penguins forward Sidney Crosby leads the scoring race but some other candidates provide more value to their clubs. (The Hockey News)
Tuesday night Crosby got away with a stick to Ryan O’Reilly’s undercarriage. This is not the first time he has done something like this.
Vegas could be getting closer to hiring a coach according to Knight’s GM George McPhee. (Sin Bin Vegas)
Teams have to have their protected lists into the league by Jun 17th. Starting on the 18th the Golden Knights will have a 3 day window to speak with any FA or RFAs that are not protected to work a deal before the July 1st FA window opens. If they sign someone though that will count as the Knights expansion selection from that team. (The Hockey News)
Finally will skates be the new thing to sport designs like goalie masks? Checkout these skates by Alexander Ovechkin.