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Dallas Stars Daily Links: What Will It Take To Make The Stars Align?

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Mike Heika looks to “Little Big League” for answers. Plus, cold facts on Jack Campbell’s renascence, hot takes on the Nino Niederreiter trade, and more.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars made magic happen for a young heart patient and his team on Wednesday afternoon. But they seem to have saved nothing for last night. The Victory Green gang lost yet again, this time to former first-round prospect Jack Campbell and a suffering Los Angeles Kings squad.

Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika writes that the Stars have received “pretty much every form of motivation” already. Maybe now they need to remember that this game is fun, just like the Minnesota Twins did in Little Big League:

“Maybe the problem is you guys forgot how much fun this is,” [12-year-old GM Billy] Heywood said in a pivotal scene of the 1994 film where he inherits the baseball team from his grandpa and then names himself manager. “You’re major leaguers. I mean, you’re on baseball cards. What could be better?.”...

If only the Stars could have that kind of moment this season. If only they had a reminder of just how lucky they are.

And if only this were a kids’ movie, the team might have some assurance of a happy ending. Instead, they endured an evening in which an authentic superstar, Alexander Radulov, ended up riding pine for lackluster play:

The organization feels the time to win is now. It made a move to get Andrew Cogliano in hopes of bringing in more speed and more veteran savvy. Pundits and fans speculated that the trade of popular young forward Devin Shore to the Ducks would provide another message – another subtle motivation to the players that they need to be better.

And it sure looks like it didn’t work.

Mike has more. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

Mark Stepneski provides the gory details in his Five Things post on last night’s loss.

And Sean Shapiro provided the bullet points.

Tyler Seguin wants to see some harder defense as part of a simplified game:

And Monty just wants the team to play with more desperation:

Around The League(s)

#Murder Party

You knew it would happen eventually, and the Calgary Flames have decided not to make their fans wait. They’ll retire Jarome Iginla’s number 12 in March.

The Nino Niederreiter - Victor Rask trade made big news yesterday afternoon, largely for the wrong reasons.

Numbers guy Corey Sznajder went straight to the #fancystats.

Those “alerts” from various front offices keep coming thicker and faster (but mostly thicker).

Funny because it’s true?

It’s good to know that Soupy is becoming the player we hoped he might be...for the Los Angeles Kings. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.)

Somebody had to do this, and I’m here for it.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars “ran out of time” in a 2-1 road loss to the San Diego Gulls.

And there’s been another roster move as Brad McClure heads back to Boise.

Finally

The Rookie Show continues, with a special guest appearance by Luka Doncic countryman Anze Kopitar. I’m for it. Enjoy.