Two years ago, Mattias Janmark was a pleasant surprise for the Stars. Having been received as a piece in the trade that sent Erik Cole to the Detroit Red Wings the previous season, the Stars’ plan was to get him some reps in camp and then have him return to Sweden for the season. Janmark’s skill and determination caused the Stars front office to shift their plan, however; and he became an important part of the Stars getting the number one seed in the West that year. The future was bright for Janmark. Before he could continue to build on his impressive rookie campaign with Dallas, however, he was dealt a pretty serious blow:
An MRI revealed that Janmark was, indeed, correct. It was not good.
In fact, it was beyond not good.
The test revealed a preexisting genetic condition in the knee joint called Osteochondritis dissecans, in which cracks appear in the cartilage and underlying bone had worsened and would require surgery to repair.
Worse, a procedure had virtually no comparable when it came to pro athletes and how the recovery might go.
In addition to the physical aspect of Janmark’s injury, he also had to deal with the uncertainty of not knowing whether he would ever be able to return to the rink and perform like he knew he was capable of. After a lengthy and grueling recovery and rehab process, he finally felt like he was physically ready for the NHL again, though he must have been quite nervous about something happening to his knee again. Everything has proceeded as planned so far this year though, and his teammates have really taken notice:
Heading into the trade deadline, Janmark has not missed a game and his effectiveness, his creativity, have all started to become more and more apparent on a nightly basis.
”After 15-20 games, he really took off and he felt good, and that gives you confidence that your knee is going to be able to be strong to hold up for the whole season,” countryman John Klingberg said. Now, beyond the team’s prominent forwards -- Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov -- “he’s probably the main guy who’s stepping up and being one of the best players on the team,” Klingberg added.
See more over at Scott’s place. [NHL]
Big Gulps, huh? Welp, see you later! Sean Shapiro has an interesting (but very spot on) analogy for the Stars’ strategy at the trade deadline:
The Stars may be buyers at the deadline, but only if the deal is right https://t.co/J2mYSgpAsk— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) February 19, 2018
Stars writers were really feeling the offbeat comparisons yesterday (not a bad thing). Anytime anyone brings up Jimmy Dugan I am 100% in; I love that movie so much:
How Chloe Kim, Nick Foles and Jimmy Dugan can help you make sense of Stars' latest loss https://t.co/BQOYp3pyju via @sportsdaydfw— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) February 19, 2018
I’m very jealous of Glenn James’ job:
Team Photographer Glenn James has been with the Stars since day one in Dallas. He talks about some of his highlights behind the lens over the past 25 years. pic.twitter.com/s2gYbrdY2t— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 19, 2018
Here is your Miro fix for the day:
Prospect Report: Heiskanen impresses for Finland at Olympics https://t.co/Zro1KLL4Jz via @NHL— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) February 20, 2018
Curt Fraser doesn’t get a ton of publicity, but he is vital to the Stars success:
Why the Stars keeping assistant coach Curt Fraser was a smart move https://t.co/gq3WPuCgnk pic.twitter.com/KDxAl7Ad7p— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) February 20, 2018
I know Valentines Day is already over but you can still get your significant other a romantic gift through the end of February:
2018 Dallas Stars Player Calendars are only $20 through the end of February! Get yours at https://t.co/hCaILOIqEv pic.twitter.com/LXFtqgfEjb— Dallas Stars Fndn (@DS_Foundation) February 19, 2018
Sorry for the double ad but this is for a great cause:
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Around the League
Down Goes Brown put a bow on the weekend and brought up which teams might start trusting the process and begin to maybe possibly not give themselves the best chance to win every night from here on out. As a Mavs fan, I can empathize with their fanbases:
Last time: Which of the bad teams are in the best position to tank the rest of the year? Plus it's still way too quiet on the trade front, power rankings and lots more in the weekend wrap. https://t.co/LHJB1S0qtG pic.twitter.com/UPNUTEWBpN— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 19, 2018
Shouldn’t it be “I put my work skates on?”:
“I was frustrated at first. But after that I put my work boots on. ... I didn’t want to let a year go to waste because I was so bitter about being sent back.” Isles' Mathew Barzal is making his point as a Calder Trophy frontrunner. @THNJaredClinton files: https://t.co/THscgJxO5H pic.twitter.com/wdJR7FcnVd— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 19, 2018
Bad news for the Avalanche. [ESPN]
Mediocre to bad teams don’t usually get this kind of coverage (unless they’re the Cowboys, Lakers, or Yankees):
"The reality is there's no easy answer."#NHLTonight discusses how to fix the Blackhawks. pic.twitter.com/KHRvBBsu0A— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) February 19, 2018
At least they got one thing right:
Blackhawks ban 4 for racist taunts toward Smith-Pelly https://t.co/9Q5Met1W2s pic.twitter.com/gsG7HDcdiD— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) February 19, 2018
A little advanced scouting on the Stars’ Wednesday night opponent:
Our @tom_dianora writes - 'Anaheim Ducks at a Crossroads' https://t.co/MKHjzmAub1 #THW #LetsGoDucks #NHL pic.twitter.com/psXcxcjCNy— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) February 19, 2018
Yeah, that sounds about right:
The #Canadiens should shut down Shea Weber for the season. (@EricEngels)https://t.co/5LUzKe0SPC pic.twitter.com/7X2jvVxxZ7— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 19, 2018
BLOCKBUSTER TRADE ALERT!:
Capitals acquire Michal Kempny from Blackhawks for 2018 3rd rounder https://t.co/2tvEFofncK pic.twitter.com/ejin1xMppD— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) February 19, 2018
And some juicy rumors. [Puck Daddy]
Olympics update: This isn’t hockey related but I am very into this idea:
I think I speak for everyone when I say that the #Olympics should bring back ski ballet pic.twitter.com/SpGf52XRdr— Mike Commito (@mikecommito) February 19, 2018