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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Dave Strader Is Going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs

You have something to cheer for as the postseason begins – including a local team. Plus, more from Black Monday, and exit interviews galore.

The Stars are out, but at least Strader keeps winning.

Top to bottom, it’s been a rough year for the Dallas Stars organization, and for no one more than Dave Strader, who’s fighting for his life against a rare bile-duct cancer.

So it’s the best news possible, under the circumstances, that the Stars’ esteemed play-by-play announcer will call the first of the first-round Stanley Cup playoffs games between the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hopefully, this is just the beginning of an even longer comeback. Welcome back again, Dave.

The Dallas Morning News has more. [SportsDayDFW]

Dave also posted this comment on the end of Lindy Ruff’s tenure in Dallas:

The DBD crew will keep you posted on coaching search news – in the meantime, Mike Heika and GM Jim Nill talked about assistants, Mattias Janmark, Valeri Nichushkin and other hot topics in a postseason interview.

Speaking of assistants, at least two will remain, says Owen Newkirk:

Jamie Benn shared his thoughts during exit interviews yesterday. You can find them for many other Stars, including Janmark, Devin Shore and Antoine Roussel, at the team site. [Dallas Stars]

Sean Shapiro picked Tyler Seguin as the most quotable Star from exit day:

You can read complete exit interviews from Benn and Seguin at The Dallas Morning News. [Jamie Benn - DMN] [Tyler Seguin - DMN]

Julius Honka is spending some time abroad: Li’l Murderface will report to camp as Jere Lehtinen’s Finnish National Team prepares for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

And goaltending prospect Landon Bow, currently of the Idaho Steelheads, finished fifth in the voting for the ECHL’s Rookie of the Year award.

Yesterday, in NHL management shake-ups:

By the time you read this, NHL Central Scouting may already have released its final NHL Draft rankings for 2017. Go visit.

Meanwhile, Jared Clinton takes a look at how the Stanley Cup playoffs might look if the league went to a three-point standings system. [The Hockey News]

Two years ago, Amanda Kessel’s hockey career was effectively over, ended early by post-concussion syndrome. Now, with yet another championship under her belt, she’s working to claim her place as quite possibly the best player in the world.

You still have a local team to root for in the playoffs – and the Allen Americans are out to extend a streak no professional team has put together since the 1950s Montreal Canadiens. [SportsDayDFW]

Finally: Yesterday was National Siblings Day, and a good time to remind everyone that hockey is a family game. Enjoy.