While a week without Dallas Stars hockey can be sad for fans, it’s worth remembering that the players are human too and have earned a well-deserved break.
Some players have decided to take full advantage of the week off, such as John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, and Valeri Nichushkin, who all flew south for the winter:
Klingberg, Lindell and Nichushkin hadn’t initially planned to take the trip to the Bahamas together but after some coincidental planning and conversations between their girlfriends, a group was formed including the three couples as well as a few other Swedish players around the NHL.
Not everyone will be enjoying some time in the sun, though. Count both Jasons — Spezza and Dickinson — among those unhappy about the break:
“I prefer to have those [off] days in the schedule,” Spezza said. “I’ve never been a guy to just kind of take time away. I’ve always been one that kind of uses the breaks to feel better going into the next stretch.
“It’s also kind of a bad time where I’m trying to get back into game shape and all of a sudden, it’s ‘shut down and do nothing for a few days,’” Dickinson said. “You kind of lose that momentum, but at least everybody will be kind of in the same boat.”
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Hey, remember when bad goaltending might have been all that separated Dallas from being a potential Stanley Cup contender? Neither do I!
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