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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Julius Honka Is Ready to Be Your Next Big Stars Defenseman

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His first NHL goal was #goals. Plus, the march to the playoffs, and more Winter Olympics fallout

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Yeah, this is one of the faces of the future, so get used to seeing a lot of it.
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Once again, Julius Honka uses an overtime shift to demonstrate why he belongs not just in the Dallas Stars’ future, but at the center of it.

You probably remember his debut against the Minnesota Wild in November, in which (amongst other things) he broke up a 2-on-1 to create a turnover that led to a Stars’ OT victory, and did it with such preternatural sangfroid that the entire league took notice.

Honka’s latest exploits, and those of his fellow Texas Stars call-ups, gave the fans something to cheer and even more to look forward to, as Mike Heika writes:

"I think he's getting a little bit more confident to get involved on the offensive side," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's done a nice job moving the puck. The overtime is a time when he should excel with that much ice and the way he can skate."

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"I feel way more comfortable with the puck, and it helps me to play my game," Honka said. "Obviously, I like to play with the puck a lot, and here if you have confidence it helps to play your game."

Mike has more. [SportsDayDFW]

You’ll probably want to rewatch Honka’s first NHL goal at random times throughout the day, every day, so I’ll just leave it here.

Julie Dobbs had the postgame interview (and the game-winning puck).

And Razor makes a case for nicknaming him after a rather unexpected OTC remedy.


Honks had one of the biggest games of his career to date, but all the Stars’ youth covered themselves in glory last night, Heika writes.

Sean Shapiro has posted some prospect notes to Twitter, including this one on newly minted ATO Nick Caamano:

And now that his season with the Ottawa 67s is over, prospect blueliner Chris Martenet will join the Cedar Park squad.

The T-Stars play at home tonight against the Bakersfield Condors.

Thirteen years ago yesterday, the Hurricanes and the Panthers played the NHL’s final tied game – a 6-6 affair that also featured a historic goal by blueliner Brad Fast in what would be his only NHL appearance. [NHL]

Last night, in the Central Division of Mayhem:

The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff spot with a 4-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. [NESN]

This is the same game in which Brad Marchand finally went a step too far for even #EastCoastBias: He took a five-minute major plus a match penalty (and faces suspension) for spearing Jake Dotchin in the groin.

The Washington Capitals are two points closer to clinching their second consecutive President’s Trophy with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. [USA Today]

The Ottawa Senators shook off their recent slump against the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 as Clarke MacArthur returned for his first game since Oct. 14, 2015.

Which teams do you favor in the Stanley Cup playoffs first round? Dan Rosen says the Montreal Canadiens have an edge in his latest mailbag. [NHL]

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there will be no further negotiations for participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but at one point he did suggest an alternative. [Sportsnet]

Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin isn’t ready to give up: He plans to attend even if the league doesn’t and suggests Bettman is “bluffing.” [CBC]

Finally: The Wild wore Minnesota North Stars jerseys to yet another party, and the Dallas Stars’ social media team couldn’t let it go without notice. Enjoy.