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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Klingberg On His Career

Klingberg opened up about his leadership, path to the NHL, and more in a recent interview. Plus, goaltending reigns supreme for the Central, midseason awards, and more.

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John Klingberg has come a long way from being drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. The Norris caliber defenseman sat down with The Athletic’s Scott Burnside recently to talk hockey, his career path, and just life in general in a recent interview.

For instance, when Jim Nill took over as General Manager in 2013, he and his scouts wanted Klingberg to come over to the AHL that year. But Klingberg didn’t feel that he was ready, and convinced Nill it was best to stay another year:

Klingberg endured a miserable season in Finland in 2011-12 – “I was too young to move away,” he recalled. “You felt it right away.” – and then after returning to Sweden suffered through an injury-plagued 2012-13 season, so he wanted to refine his game at home before pursuing in earnest his dream of being an NHL player.

Klingberg also talked about his role as one of the leaders in the Stars’ locker room, namely how he wasn’t afraid to speak up and tell it like it is:

“I’m honest. I’m straightforward,” he said. “I’m an open person. I understand people... I think they appreciate it most of the time even if they sometimes get pissed off at me,” Klingberg said with a laugh.

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

Stars Stories

Another great interview, this one coming after the recent loss to the Winnipeg Jets:

Sean Shapiro talks about The Process, Miro Heiskanen, and more in this week’s Shap Shots: [The Athletic]

The Stars’ top line can hang with the best of them, but has it been enough?

Stars prospect Jason Robertson might be a tad disappointed with the final outcome, but he’s proud of winning silver with Team USA: [NHL]

Central Census

‘Twas a busy night for the Central yesterday, as four teams took the ice:

A potential recipe for success, or doomed for failure?

League Links

Ben Bishop and Miro Heiskanen get a little recognition in ESPN’s midseason awards:

The Montreal Canadiens could be without a representative at the All Star Game, as Carey Price has decided to not attend: [NBC Sports]

I’m so glad there wasn’t a repeat of the Humboldt tragedy:

Are the Stars the NHL’s most average team? According to Down Goes Brown, they’re very close, but not quite: [The Athletic]

You gotta admit, this is pretty cool:


Gotta love that rookie love: