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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Revisiting the Modano Selection Thirty Years Later

Thirty years later and I’m not sure anyone regrets the decision. Plus, the Texas Stars force Game 7, offseason rumors, and much more.

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Thirty years ago, Minnesota North Stars GM Lou Nanne forever changed franchise history when he drafted a WHL forward named Mike Modano. For some time, the North Stars had considered selecting forward Trevor Linden instead, but that possibility was eliminated when the team met with both players:

“We met at the Grand Traverse Hotel in Traverse City,” Nanne said. “Everybody loved the two of them, and it was great to meet both. But in our mind, it wasn’t even a question anymore. We knew what type of player we needed for our hockey team.”

In fact, Minnesota was in heavy discussion to trade out of the top spot, but ultimately decided not to because they couldn’t guarantee that Modano would still be on the board:

“We knew. I really think everybody knew who we were taking, there was no need for cloak and dagger or that other kind of B.S.,” Nanne said. “We knew where we were going, we weren’t interested in trading the pick if we couldn’t guarantee getting Mike. We were looking to get a franchise changing player and that’s what we felt we were getting in him.”

You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s interview with Nanne here.

Dallas Stars News

Good news, everyone! We get at least one more hockey game this season, courtesy of the Texas Stars and their victory last night: [100 Degree Hockey]

Jason Dickinson hopes this deep playoff run will help take his game to the next level, helping him earn a more permanent spot on the NHL roster next season. [NHL]

Around the League

Some unfortunate news out of Ottawa from yesterday concerning Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend:

Do you like rumors? Rory Boylen has you covered with all the latest chatter: [Sportsnet]

Speaking of rumors, it seems like Oliver Ekman-Larsson is all set to extend with the Arizona Coyotes:

This is huge news for the Coyotes, who no longer have to worry about potentially shopping their franchise’s cornerstone player. [The Hockey News]

You’re reaction to the following article will likely depend on where you fall on the whole “Ilya Kovalchuk to the Stars” argument:

Reinforcements are coming to the Vancouver Canucks. Jim Benning expects their 2017 fifth overall pick, Elias Pettersson, to be in the regular lineup next season. [Sportsnet]

Are there any Stars UFAs who might have trouble finding work this offseason? None, according Jared Clinton, but it’s worth the click anyways:

Finally, here’s a nice gesture from the Washington Capitals towards the Vegas Golden Knights: