Winning the offseason is all well and good, but what should the Dallas Stars do to get back into winning the playoffs? TSN has posted the Stars edition of their 2018 Off-Season Game Plan series, so let’s take a long, steamy gawk at what the fantasy experts think.
Scott Cullen reflects on options that might be available if the Stars move on from Kari Lehtonen:
...[T]he Stars could use a quality second-string goaltender. There are few viable starters that will be available this summer, but for teams that need help for that second slot on the depth chart there are options. The Stars could consider Petr Mrazek (a restricted free agent who seems unlikely to receive a qualifying offer), Carter Hutton, Jonathan Bernier, and Anton Khudobin among others.
Cullen must have been reading the DBD comments section, because he goes straight for the #FreeHonka, too:
It seems that the Stars are doing their level best to remove the entertaining part of Julius Honka’s game, but there’s surely value in a smooth-skating, right-shooting, puck-moving defenceman who has positive possession results in 58 career games. If Honka learned how to make safer plays under Ken Hitchcock last season, then maybe he will get turned loose a bit more under Jim Montgomery. If that’s not the plan, then maybe the right play is to deal Honka to a team that still values him more for what he can do when he has the puck.
Get the whole picture right here. [TSN]
It was quiet – too quiet – on the Stars front yesterday, so let’s go directly to prospects. Sean Shapiro’s latest Film Room focuses on the so-hot-right-now Roope Hintz.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
For the second straight night, the IceHogs held off elimination with a 3-1 win over the #txstars to force a Game 6 in Texas on Monday in the Western Conference Finals.— x - Texas Stars (@TexasStars) May 26, 2018
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The T-Stars’ only goal came courtesy of – wait for it! – Hintz with this decisive tap-in during the second period.
Roope Hintz cuts the Texas Stars deficit to 2-1 in the second period. pic.twitter.com/1f5dXjnPs4— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 26, 2018
The silver lining is that fans get at least one more T-Stars home game this series. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Memorial Day Monday, May 28 in H-E-B Center.
The AHL has set the schedule for the 2018 Calder Cup Finals. Save the date, because, you know.
The 2018 #CalderCup Finals will begin next Saturday and Sunday (June 2-3) at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) May 26, 2018
Around the League(s)
Speaking of the Calder Cup Finals, the Eastern Conference is set. Sheldon Keefe’s Toronto Marlies have swept their second consecutive playoffs series.
From Taco Tuesday records in college to poolside afternoons in Vegas, Nate Schmidt and Erik Haula’s next journey together includes a chance to raise Lord Stanley (by @alex_prewitt) https://t.co/8B16qgCxbA— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) May 26, 2018
Elsewhere, a Virginia town is taking its Washington Capitals fandom to a whole new level.
The town of Lovettsville, Virginia will now be known as Capitalsville, Virginia for the next few weeks https://t.co/FVx9stFrDd— RMNB (@russianmachine) May 25, 2018
From Dougie Hamilton to Nino Niederreiter to...P.K. Subban? Rory Boylen runs through a list of 24 potential trades for 2018 – including the case for the New York Islanders to deal their John Tavares negotiating rights. [Sportsnet]
And Craig Custance looks at lessons for rebuilding teams in the Golden Knights’ improbable ascent. [The Athletic NHL]
Last night’s MC Memorial Cup semifinal game opened with a moving tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. The parents of athletic therapist Dayna Brons dropped the ceremonial puck.
John Vanbiesbrouck has been named assistant executive director of hockey operations by USA Hockey. He takes over the position left open by the untimely death of Jim Johannson just before the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The appointment is, uhhhhhh, not without controversy. Turns out no one has forgotten Vanbiesbrouck’s behavior as former head coach and GM of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – specifically, his treatment of their then 19-year-old captain, Trevor Daley.
John Vanbiesbrouck addresses Daley racial slur incident during intro conference call following his hire at USA Hockey: "I was absolutely 100 percent wrong, there’s not a lot of days that go by that I don’t feel remorse for that. I’m extremely sorry for it. It’s not who I am."— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) May 25, 2018
Elsewhere, Hockey Canada is coping with a firestorm of their own. Hockey parents have a lot of feelings about a new mandate designed to make the game more fun for six- and seven-year-old players.
At least the University of Denver hockey program is moving on. They’ve announced that David Carle will take the position vacated by incoming Stars head coach Jim Montgomery. At 28, Carle is now the youngest active head coach in NCAA Division I college hockey.
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