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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Can Hintz Make the NHL Roster?

The Stars are already tight on bottom six forwards, but don’t rule out the Finnish rookie quiet yet. Plus highlights from Traverse City, Pacioretty has already signed an extension with Vegas, and more.

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What’s this? Daily Links on a Tuesday? This can only mean one thing: is Dallas Stars hockey right around the corner!

...Of course, technically hockey already is here for Stars fans. The youngins have been playing in the Traverse City Tournament, headlined by Finnish Finn-omenon Miro Heiskanen. But with all the hype Heiskanen has (rightfully) gotten, it’s easy to overlook his former HIFK teammate, Roope Hintz:

“He is big, strong, can skate and can shoot the puck like an NHLer, pass like an NHLer,” said [Texas Stars coach Derek] Laxdal. “He’s only going to get better once he goes to main camp, and nothing against the guys that are here, but once he starts playing with NHL players, I think you’ll really start to see his game pick up and be able to play at that pace.”

Given the depth the Stars have in bottom 6 forwards, no one would blame you for penciling in Hintz on the Texas Stars roster for a second year. But don’t be surprised if he ends up bumping one of his teammates down instead:

“He’s knocking on the door,” said Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery. “With the way he developed under Laxdal last year in the American Hockey League, and how hard he played in the playoffs, he is someone that is definitely knocking on the door.”

You can read more in Mark Stepneski’s piece here.

Traverse City Tournament Highlights

Were you like me and unable to watch yesterday’s game? Don’t worry, because I have some highlights for you.

First up is Jason Robertson opening up the scoring for Dallas:

Later, Robertson gave Dallas their second tally of the evening on a breakaway:

Sometime in between, recent draft pick Adam Mascherin stood up for fellow draftee Ty Dellandrea after the later got hit pretty hard:

Miro Heiskanen later tied the game up with this beauty of a snipe:

It then turned out that Heiskanen likes scoring so much that he decided to do it again to take the lead:

And then the game suddenly ended and the Stars most definitely did not lose 5-4 in the shootout. No sirree, no 5th place games airing at 2:30 PM CDT here.

Other Stars News

Dom Luszczyszyn’s model doesn’t predict well for the Stars, but he still believes there’s reason for hope:

One of the Stars most energetic players, Alexander Radulov, is ready to help lead the Stars to a playoff berth: [NHL]

Doesn’t this just warm your heart up?

Around the League

Ex-Star and Stanley Cup Champion Alex Chiasson has landed a PTO with the Edmonton Oilers. [Sportsnet]

Well that didn’t take long:

The Stars rank near the top of non-playoff teams most likely to make it this year: [NBC Sports]

This was, uhh, a thing last night:

Training camp is about to start, but the Toronto Maple Leafs shouldn’t expect to see William Nylander anytime soon: [Sportsnet]

Finally, Seattle won’t be getting a new arena until they have a guaranteed team, which honestly just makes sense: