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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Pavelski’s Slow Start

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The UFA acquisition has been quiet thus far, but Pavelski believes improvement is right around the corner. Plus, historic examples of bad starts gone right, the Canucks have a new captain, and more.

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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.


Stars Stories

Heika and Razor talk about the start of the season and more in their latest podcast:

Okay, this is awesome:

Julius Honka has signed in Europe as he awaits a new scene in the NHL.


Around the League

The Carolina Hurricanes look good, but are they “potential Metropolitan champs” good?

In case you need some optimism after the Stars’ 1-3-0 start:

So what if it’s only been three games? James Neal is in fact the Real Deal:

Speaking of Neal, this is... an article that was written:

Carter Hart got his first career shutout last night, but it’s not like he had to make any huge sa-oh my goodness:

Finally, remember when everyone thought the Vancouver Canucks were stupid for drafting Bo Horvat instead of Valeri Nichushkin? Neither do I!