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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Is The Stars’ Top Six Ready For Prime Time?

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And is Blake Comeau the secret sauce for second-line success? Plus, Tyler Seguin rallies the troops, Erik Karlsson learns to love sharks, and much more.

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Last week’s Tyler Seguin extension sent shockwaves of celebration and relief through the Dallas Stars fandom. It was the single most important move of the offseason – but how much more work does the Stars’ top six need? Possibly not as much as you think, if head coach Jim Montgomery is on the right track.

Montgomery saw plenty of Colorado Avalanche games during his tenure at the University of Denver. As a result, he’s developed a high opinion of forward Blake Comeau and his ability to play up and down, writes The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks:

“The last three years watching him, he’s just someone where every night, even when he doesn’t have his A game, you’re getting a B game,” Montgomery said. “You never get a C game.”

Montgomery lauded the details in Comeau’s game: his stick placement, his positioning, his ability to support teammates on both ends of the ice.

But Comeau isn’t the only player who could become part of a pick-a-mix assortment, as Montgomery looks to maximize his roster:

“I’d like to find chemistry with three, but my past history, you’ll see a lot of combinations,” Montgomery said. “I want people to play with different people, so when it happens in a game, especially towards the end of the year or in the playoffs, they don’t see it as a panic move. It’s just something that I do.”

Matthew has more. [SportsDayDFW]


Stars Stories

The Stars’ preseason begins at 7:30 p.m. in American Airlines Center against the St. Louis Blues. Meanwhile, Victor E. wants to turn Dallas green and is passing out tickets to opening night if you help out.

Tyler Seguin rallies the troops:

DeFranks also has your daily dose of Miro Heiskanen buzz.

Miro lands in Sean Shapiro’s top 10 here, on a list that features a possible surprise at No. 1.

Speaking of Sean, there’s still time to send in questions for his Thursday mailbag. [The Athletic DFW]

And just in case you’re not yet excited enough about the new offense:

Around the League(s)

It’s finally that time again: Last night, in preseason #Murder...

First controversy of the new season: Joe Morrow’s game-winner wasn’t a real goal.

Say hello to the Panthers’ new captain, Aleksander Barkov.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first preseason goal on his first preseason shot in his first preseason game. He turned 18 in July.

Darnell Nurse is set to stay in Alberta for the next couple of years.

Do you suppose San Jose Sharks fans are excited about Erik Karlsson? Maybe a little?

Finally

Training camp in Boise has produced some great stories – but the Idaho Steelheads’ equipment manager has to be one of the best. Enjoy, and keep your mouth guard clean.