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There isn’t a recent corresponding article; I just wanted to say happy birthday. Plus, Dillon Heatherington signs a new deal, offseason evaluations across the league, and more.

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Happy birthday, Miro Heiskanen! The Dallas Stars’ top prospect turns 19 years old today, which, according to my sources, is pretty dang young for someone who’s probably good enough to be a top-four defenseman for most NHL teams.

There’s no corresponding article from today about Heiskanen — or at least there isn’t as of me writing this — so instead, here’s a film room piece that Sean Shapiro put together about two months ago:

Side Note: Heiskanen shares the same birthday as my girlfriend. I knew there was a reason I like him so much!


Stars Stories

It’s been brought to my attention that it’s also Jamie Benn’s birthday. No idea how I missed that one, but let’s all wish the captain a happy 29th!

Dillon Heatherington has inked a one-year deal for the 2017-2018 season as he prepares to fight for a roster spot:

While the Stars sat at home this last postseason, expansion draft casualty Cody Eakin was playing in the Stanley Cup Final with the Vegas Golden Knights. But was losing Eakin even that big of a deal for the Stars? [Sportsday DFW]

Good news everyone: the Idaho Steelheads are remaining the Stars’ ECHL affiliate!


Around the League

A couple of contracts were finalized on Monday. First, Elias Lindholm got a long-term deal with his new team — the Calgary Flames:

Personally, I think it’s a steal, but there are those who have their doubts about the contract. [NBC Sports]

Next, the Anaheim Ducks gave out a five-year extension to Adam Henrique:

Sometimes strong, consistent goaltending can make or break your team’s season (just ask the Vegas Golden Knights and the Chicago Blackhawks). Here are some netminders who struggled last year but could bounce back this season: [The Hockey News]

Justin Bourne has a great piece on what analysts do in the NHL and where the field is heading:

Greg Wyshnski steps through each of the 31 teams and decides how much they’re improved (or gotten worse) this offseasson. [ESPN]

In a similar vein, should fans be worried if their team has been quiet this offseason (coughDallascough)?


Finally...

Sometimes the best questions are the hardest to answer:

Side Note: It actually isn’t hard at all. It’s obviously Fountain Ovi.