Dallas Stars training camp begins this Friday in Cedar Park. The Traverse City Prospects Tournament is in full swing. At long last, it’s beginning to look like hockey season again.
It’s a great feeling for Dallas diehards, who have had a lot to look forward to this summer. Stars broadcaster Josh Bogorad sums up the anticipation surrounding the upcoming season in his latest post. [On The Radar]
It's like being a kid and making a Christmas wish-list that you know will be delivered, but you still have to wait for the actual day for it to get there. In that sense, Christmas came in July for the Stars and their fans this year.
They made their list. They checked it twice. They pretty much got everything they wanted, putting the rest of the NHL on notice in the process. They got their coach. They upgraded in net. They improved their defense. They got better down the middle and on the wing. If you were a Stars fan, you could not wait for the season to start. Then you looked at the calendar. It read July 3.
Sean Shapiro’s story for NHL.com gets into the details of how Ken Hitchcock is getting ready for the camp – and he’s thinking in terms of forward pairs, not lines.
"Everything up front is on twosomes, not threesomes," Hitchcock said Saturday. "I don't even have a clue linewise. But I like some twosomes. I like [Tyler] Seguin and [Jamie] Benn playing together, I like [Radek] Faksa and [Martin] Hanzal playing together. I like [Mattias] Janmark and [Jason] Spezza together. I like the twosomes and then see what threesomes fit."
Meanwhile, Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News uses the S-word – as in Stanley Cup – in his latest piece.
He also thinks the guys can do themselves a favor if they can take advantage of a relatively “easy” opening-weeks schedule. [SportsDayDFW]
Speaking of big seasons, well-regarded prospect D-man Niklas Hansson is about to play in North America full time, for the first time. Mark Stepneski has more.
You weren’t dying to see these two again at all, were you? Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn make the rounds at NHL Media Day in New York, and the bro-daciousness is as omnipresent as ever.
The Dallas Stars Foundation shared some great photos from Friday’s hockey clinic for Jason Spezza Scholarship recipients.
Jason Spezza had his annual clinic for his scholarship recipients today in Frisco. Thank you Spezza for all you do with youth hockey! pic.twitter.com/ZfUhyeKyU8— Dallas Stars Fndn (@DS_Foundation) September 9, 2017
Around the league(s)
A great piece of non-Stars-related work from Sean Shapiro: Less than a year after he nearly died on the ice, Craig Cunningham is continuing his hockey career as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes.
The NHL Network has revealed the first 20 of its Top 50 Players Right Now as of last night. (Still waiting to see Stars.)
Also on: They mispronounce #MurderDeathKill, but Jamison Coyle and Ryan Whitney still think the Central is the toughest division in the league – and the Stars will be contenders once again.
George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights are dealing with a defensive logjam that makes the Stars’ look small – but he isn’t worried, yet. [Sportsnet]
The NHL will start penalizing failed offside challenges this season, and Jared Clinton thinks it can only help.
And Matt Larkin names Julius Honka to his 2017-18 All-Deep Sleeper Fantasy Team. [THN]
New Flyers goalie Elliott hoping to build on strong second half https://t.co/1hvqI8JYSe— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 10, 2017
And the Vancouver Canucks have sealed a deal with future foundation center Bo Horvat to the tune of six years and $33 million.
The NHL sent some of their best to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief at Fenway Park over the weekend. The Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Paul Postma did their version of “Fill the Boot”...
..while Vincent Trocheck and Aaron Ekblad repped the Florida Panthers.
Greetings from scenic Cedar Park
Travis Morin and Greg Rallo are still whiling away the preseason on Texas Stars social media, and this time they brought new goalie Mike McKenna with them.
And Mark Stepneski goes over Gavin Bayreuther wearing a “C”, the post-injury status of Miro Heiskanen, and a T-Stars squad featuring Roope Hintz.
Stars prospect Roope Hintz should start the season with the Texas Stars, but he isn't far from being NHL ready. https://t.co/mPiJXNmt6e— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 9, 2017
The Stars have launched a new video, “25 Years in Texas,” and it contains a long list of old friends and memorable moments. Enjoy.