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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Midseason Grades

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The goaltending tandem obviously earn an “A” but what about the rest of the squad? Plus, highlights from last night’s game, Team USA is going for the gold, and more.

Washington Capitals v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

With the Dallas Stars now just over halfway through the season, it’s as good a time as any to bust out the report cards and give some midseason grades.

Sean Shapiro went through and evaluated each player, and it should be no surprise that Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin made easy A’s:

Bishop should have made the NHL All-Star game. He leads the Western Conference in save percentage and has been a stabilizing and calming force for a defense that has used 12 different players.

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Khudobin has made a habit of stealing points for the Stars and in his most recent outing, set a franchise record with a 49-save shutout. The Russian netminder has stabilized the franchise’s backup goalie position and the team seems to feed off his energy in key moments.

Shapiro also graded the coaching staff as well as the front office, the latter of which got a D+/C-:

While Lites made the infamous comments, Jim Nill co-signed the hockey language and the idea that this is the best team he’s built in the Gaglardi era. That’s not true, and many of Nill’s big bets have not panned out. Hanzal, Nichuhskin, and Comeau have failed to help the team diversify its scoring.

You can read more behind the paywall: [The Athletic]


Stars News

Man, what a fun win over the Washington Capitals. Let’s take a look at some highlights, shall we?

First up was Tyler Seguin, who opened up the scoring:

...and here’s Seguin again with the second goal, the OT game-winner:

If I’m correct, the Three Stars of the Game would have been picked before the OT goal. But even if they were picked afterwards, Khudobin would have likely still been the First Star. I mean just look at this:

Wait a minute... am I happy right now? Can’t have that, so here’s Jim Montgomery to get the pessimistic juices flowing again:

In other news, Miro Heiskanen shows some love for fellow rookie Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks:

Defending Big D founder Brandon Worley gives his thoughts on the whole CEO Jim Lites saga, including whether or not the Stars really want an “honest” media: [Mooterati]

I could write a whole piece on the following comments (and probably will), so I’ll just keep quiet for now:


Central Census

The Avalanche won mostly due to their dominating top line, but don’t let that overshadow their problems:

Elsewhere in the “State of Hockey,” Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is playing his best hockey in years: [The Hockey News]

Continue to enjoy it while it lasts, everyone. Which is hopefully for quite some time.


Around the League

Almost immediately after being traded by the Ottawa Senators, Mike McKenna was waived by the Vancouver Canucks and subsequently picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers. That’s rough:

Greg Wyshynski weighs in on the NHL’s youth movement in his latest Wysh List: [ESPN]

Speaking of young hockey players: USA! USA! USA!

Down Goes Brown comes up with a fun spin on the Lites comments in his latest Grab Bag: [The Athletic]

I think Ovechkin deserves a break from the All Star Game, but don’t tell that to Brett Hull:


Finally...

The Dallas Stars Foundation 2019 calendar is out now, and you should get one because dogs: