When one of your team’s star players is one of the best natural centers in the NHL, you spend the entire summer thinking about ways he could be better, probably. Dallas Stars fans seem to think this way about Tyler Seguin, or maybe they really are afraid the Ken Hitchcock Style will chew him up and spit him out.
Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News offered his own take on Seguin’s biggest area of potential improvement during his Sept. 4 chat, and it’s not even about his play:
Where do you think Tyler Seguin needs to improve the most as a player?
Heika: Having been around Seguin for several years now, I've noticed he is very good at addressing areas of need and improving himself. He was rough at faceoffs when he got here and he now is a 55-percent guy.
Honestly, the big challenge for Seguin is to be healthy enough to play in important games. Injuries have kept him out of key stretch runs, key playoff games, and even the World Cup of Hockey. We still don't know how he will step up when the pressure is really on. That might be the thing that he most needs to prove, and he can only do that by staying healthy and getting to the playoffs.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
Speaking of Seguin, he’s at least five of the 25 things Luke Fox learned at BioSteel Camp in summer 2017. [Sportsnet]
You’ve already seen Taylor’s post about the Stars’ roster for the 2017 Traverse City Prospects Tournament, so here’s an AAC ice-build video to get you even more hyped for a season that begins in exactly one month.
The Stars’ Hurricane Harvey donation drive continues through Sept. 14 at all Dr Pepper StarCenters.
Meanwhile, Jason Spezza and his scholarship fund are still out there helping kids play hockey. Here’s more info on his upcoming clinic for scholarship recipients.
Jason Spezza is doing what he can to help kids play the game they love through the Jason Spezza Scholarship Fund. https://t.co/yQHvArqXKy— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 5, 2017
Mark Stepneski has posted video from the latest team skate in Frisco, which is being joined by an ever-growing list of players.
He also has the latest Valeri Nichushkin stats, as CSKA gets off to a blistering start. [Between the Blue Lines]
Former Star and notable NCAA hockey alumnus Marty Turco has been named to the University of Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor.
Around the league(s)
The six-year deal with emerging star Alexander Wennberg will be great for the Columbus Blue Jackets and their cap situation, says Jared Clinton.
The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Anthony Duclair, their last remaining RFA, to a one-year, $1.2 million deal.
Also at THN: Matt Larkin picks the 10 players – well, nine plus a lot of current Vegas Golden Knights – who are most likely to be traded this season. [The Hockey News]
Let’s talk about #Kevin: Former Stars defender Jyrki Jokipakka may be returning to the NHL, via the Washington Capitals.
NEWS: Caps sign Jyrki Jokipakka to pro tryout agreement. pic.twitter.com/AAOGXU9PbK— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) September 5, 2017
And the latest on the Jaromir Jagr Watch: in which potentially not being on an NHL roster could work to his advantage for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Meanwhile, the team he owns, HC Kladno, reminds you that he can always play back home by using his name in its 2017 jersey reveal.
And Jack Eichel would rather talk about the Buffalo Sabres’ upcoming season than his new contract.
Sean Shapiro answers your burning questions about Ty-Lord’s long-awaited cameo in Goon: Last of the Enforcers in a new tweet. (SPOILER ALERT for Goon: Last of the Enforcers.) Enjoy.