The Dallas Stars nabbed one of the top free agents on the market this summer in Joe Pavelski. The former San Jose Sharks captain was supposed to step in and provide an instant boost to the top six, but he’s been off to a slow start thus far:
“It just takes time,” said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. “It’s the nuances of the game, getting to know people, the comfort level of understanding when this guy has the puck, if I go here, I’m going to get the puck. That just takes time.”
Pavelski is obviously disappointed with his performance thus far, but he feels like he’s starting to find his groove. He’s also trying to not over-complicate things:
“There’s a lot of simple adjustments, but the main thing with that is make sure you’re going hard, make sure you’re working, battling,” he said. “You win a one-on-one battle, and some of those things just kind of take care of themselves naturally.”
You can read more from Mike Heika here.
Heika and Razor talk about the start of the season and more in their latest podcast:
Razor draws the comparison between Miro Heiskanen and some of the best to ever man the blue line in the NHL in this episode of Rinky Dinking. #GoStars— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 9, 2019
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Okay, this is awesome:
This past Saturday, @DFWBlindHockey hosted the first Try Blind Hockey for Free event in the DFW area at Children’s Health StarCenter Farmers Branch. Blind and visually impaired participants of all ages took to the ice for the first time to learn the game. #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/iKCUmfxAwp— Children's Health StarCenter (@StarCenters) October 9, 2019
Julius Honka has signed in Europe as he awaits a new scene in the NHL.
Dallas defenseman Julius Honka signed with @JYPJyvaskyla.— Tommi Seppälä (@TommiSeppala) October 10, 2019
He has an option to go back to NHL anytime he wants.
"We're happy to have him back. We wanted to give him an opportunity to show what he can do so he could go back to where he belongs, NHL".
-GM Mikko Viitanen#GoStars
Around the League
The Carolina Hurricanes look good, but are they “potential Metropolitan champs” good?
Carolina entered the season projected to earn another playoff berth, but the early results are starting to make one wonder if the Hurricanes can go one step further and capture a division title.@THNJaredClinton with more:https://t.co/EezYU3liKv— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 10, 2019
In case you need some optimism after the Stars’ 1-3-0 start:
New: So your team is off to a bad start. Are they screwed? Maybe! But not necessarily, so let's look back at six teams who got off to terrible starts that didn't matter at all (and which current teams can learn from them). https://t.co/7UzqhNauLW pic.twitter.com/WtMmEjYRYV— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) October 9, 2019
So what if it’s only been three games? James Neal is in fact the Real Deal:
James Neal isn't going to score 164 goals this season, but his amazing Oilers debut is no fluke. @THNMattLarkin on Neal's deployment and why his hot start matters:https://t.co/fxeaWyQXGL— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 9, 2019
Speaking of Neal, this is... an article that was written:
One leads the NHL in goals (6); the other in penalty minutes (26) and fights (2).— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 9, 2019
Yes, it’s early.
But so far both Milan Lucic and James Neal have fit in the way their new teams had hoped, writes @EricFrancis. https://t.co/YnQ4Z8JWWo
Carter Hart got his first career shutout last night, but it’s not like he had to make any huge sa-oh my goodness:
WHAT!— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 10, 2019
Carter Hart, are you kidding me!?! pic.twitter.com/CY28ZkAT9w
Finally, remember when everyone thought the Vancouver Canucks were stupid for drafting Bo Horvat instead of Valeri Nichushkin? Neither do I!
Allow us to reintroduce @BoHorvat, the 14th captain of the Vancouver #Canucks! pic.twitter.com/ibpa7JyFF5— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 10, 2019