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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Final Nail in the Coffin

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The Stars are technically not eliminated, but a 5-2 loss in Minnesota pretty much sealed the deal. Plus, a look towards the future, young players continue to be great, and much more.

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It’s over. Not officially, but the Dallas Stars’ playoff aspirations are more or less done.

The Stars needed to win their last five games to have even the smallest chance at making the Stanley Cup playoffs. One devastating loss against the Minnesota Wild later, and the inevitable seems to have finally arrived.

Here’s Ken Hitchcock’s post-game interview:

Stephen Johns unfortunately left the game in the first period and did not return:


Stars Stories

Antoine Roussel has developed quite the reputation across the NHL, but his fellow Stars love him as a teammate. [The Athletic]

Here’s your (almost) daily Miro Heiskanen fix:

Sean Shapiro discusses the Stars’ drafting and development deficiencies in his latest mailbag. [The Athletic]

Here’s a great interview with Sergei Zubov, who just completed his first head coaching stint over in Russia:


Central Census

The NHL was quite busy last night, with three other Central teams taking the ice:

Best part of the Chicago game was their emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster:

Eeli Tolvanen has finally signed his ELC, and it’s fully loaded, which is unprecedented for a player picked after #2 in the draft. [Sportsnet]


Around the League

Do you like the draft lottery, but hate situations like last year where the three worst teams each dropped three spots? Check out these proposed changes to the lottery odds: [FanRag Sports]

The Vegas Golden Knights were on fire most of the season, but should a recent cool down be cause for concern?

Need some last-minute fantasy advice before the regular season ends? Neil Parker has you covered. [Yahoo Sports]

Carey Price has decided not to attend the World Championships, electing to spend time with his family instead:

The Toronto Maple Leafs might have missed out on a potential #1 defenseman in the 2015 draft, but picking Mitch Marner has turned out to be a brilliant move. [The Hockey News]


Finally...

Here’s a reminder that life isn’t fair, because otherwise Sidney Crosby wouldn’t be able to do this: