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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Klingberg, Seguin Wear The Green For 2018 All-Star Weekend

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The rookie and the vet represent in Tampa Bay. Plus, more fun from the Skills Competition, and some real news from Gary Bettman.

As it turns out, John Klingberg has a heavier shot than at least one past Norris Trophy winner.

The NHL is on break, the Dallas Stars don’t play until Tuesday, and John Klingberg, Tyler Seguin, Victor E. Green & Co. have decamped to Tampa Bay for the 2018 All-Star Weekend. Let’s fire away, shall we?

First things first: Check this link for all your sweet-photos-of-Seguin-and-Klingberg needs. The Stars plan to update it throughout the weekend. [Dallas Stars]

Second things second: The NHL All-Star Game begins today at 2:30 p.m. CT as the Central Division takes on the Pacific Division in Amalie Arena. [NHL]

This is Klinger’s first All-Star appearance, and he didn’t seem to understand that putting ridiculous stuff on your head is part of the schtick. Here is fellow Swede Erik Karlsson, explaining through example.

Yes, Karlsson and a third Scandinavian, Victor Hedman, actually showed up dressed as pirates – apparently in observance of Tampa’s other big event this weekend, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

Then they roped in Rickard Rakell, Henrik Lundqvist and Oliver Ekman-Larsson and it was the Swedish House Mafia on the ice in there.

Did you fear that John was funneled into the Hardest Shot Competition just to show him up and kill his Norris Trophy buzz? If anything, it may have helped.

Klinger may have been more surprised than you, and now Segs wants a new assignment.

Speaking of Seguin, he gave it a good go during the Puck Control Relay, but no one could catch a phenomenal opening run by Johnny Gaudreau.

There was also a nice interlude of #MDK solidarity among Klinger, Segs and Central Division captain P.K. Subban Klingban.

Here’s a highlight reel of some of the best moments from the Skills Competition – including Brayden Point’s near-upset of Connor McDavid for the Fastest Skater crown and a stunning duel between Pekka Rinne and eventual winner Marc-Andre Fleury in the Save Streak portion.

Around the League(s), Or, Not the All-Star Weekend News

Because the Norris Trophy Drumbeat Must Not Cease, not even for All-Star Weekend: Andrew Berkshire takes a deep dive into the cases for seven leading candidates.

Believe it or not, there was actual NHL news yesterday: Commissioner Gary Bettman held a press conference in which, among other things, he confirmed that the 2019 NHL All-Star Game will be hosted by the San Jose Sharks.

The NHL will play preseason games in China and regular-season games in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Finland next season, building on a strategy to expand its international presence. [NHL]

The commish discussed plans to clarify (again) the league’s goalie-interference rules and reviews. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Bettman also delivered the news that the next expansion team – presumably Seattle – will have the same opportunities out of the gate that the Vegas Golden Knights did.

Just in time, the Associated Press delivers an article on what an NHL franchise could mean for the Emerald City.

As a Winter Olympics preview, Team USA’s Meghan Duggan, Hannah Brandt and Hilary Knight offered a demonstration of how the All-Star Skills Competitions work.

Knight is good. She’s really, really good.

As we look ahead to regular play, Sean Tierney has posted a plot showing the Stars’ Corsi differential over time, so I’ll just leave it here.

And, in case you missed it, Stars prospect Colton Point registered a 51-save shutout for Colgate against Harvard yesterday.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars returned to second place in the Pacific Division with a 4-3 win over the Stockton Heat. Gavin Bayreuther, Denis Gurianov and Colin Markison earned Stars of the Game honors. [100 Degree Hockey]

Head coach Derek Laxdal singled out several players, including Julius Honka, after “a solid 60 minutes” in a game that righted the course from a tough loss on Friday.

Finally

You know that “John Klingberg on the beach” is going to be a Stars meme for the next 15 years or so. You just know it. Enjoy.