Jim Montgomery may be a good hockey coach, but he probably shouldn’t try to work Mike Heika’s side of the street.
The Dallas Stars’senior staff writer loves pulling examples from the movies to describe the team’s highs and lows. But Montgomery’s recent attempt to describe John Klingberg’s early struggles in cinematic terms left him a little gobsmacked:
He said Klingberg is too much like Roy McAvoy from the movie “Tin Cup,” taking bad risks and putting himself in bad situations because of it. He said Klingberg needs to be more like David Simms, the conservative pro who laid up on all four days at the U.S. Open just so he could contend for first place....
But c’mon, Monty, nobody likes David Simms. He was the villain of the movie. He ended up losing to Peter Jacobsen. He’s a putz.
If we’re going to do this movie stuff, at least pick a likeable comparison.
For his own part, Heika prefers the Top Gun analog:
...[Maverick] has all the skill in the world, but he needs to know how to control it. He has to bounce back from some bad experiences and come back stronger and smarter.
Klingberg is doing that. He was plus-8 in SAT Monday in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. After being benched Saturday and playing a year-low 17:53 in a 4-1 win at Philadelphia, he bounced back and played 22:50 Monday. He had 14 shot attempts and helped drive play.
There’s more at Mike’s place, including the inevitable “wax on, wax off” invocation. [Dallas Stars]
The Dallas tornados continue to make headlines, with Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop drawing national support for their responses.
Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop, two @DallasStars franchise cornerstones, were greatly affected by Sunday's tornadoes.@MDeFranks spoke to both about what happened.@SmileyPool took this stunning aerial of Seguin's home (which he owns, but wasn't living in).https://t.co/m27JOyvkkb pic.twitter.com/Myzjr8k5Jx— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) October 22, 2019
Rhett Gardner and Joel Hanley are back in Cedar Park.
The Stars’ next giveaway night is just before Halloween, and it looks to be a doozy.
Trick or treat yourself to a commemorative Halloween-themed Stars poster! ️— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 22, 2019
The first 5,000 fans in attendance next Tuesday get to take home one of these boo-tiful @BradAlbright Texas Artist Posters.@drpepper | #GoStars
Around The League(s)
- Pekka Rinne provided The Spark as the Nashville Predators spanked the Anaheim Ducks 6-1. [On The Forecheck]
- Eric Staal put two biscuits in the basket during the Minnesota Wild’s 3-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Winnipeg Jets fell in a 3-2 loss against a sustained shooting attack by the Los Angeles Kings. [Jewels From The Crown]
- The Chicago Blackhawks are still looking for their first win over the Vegas Golden Knights. They lost 2-1 in the shootout, despite Kirby Dach’s first NHL goal. [Second City Hockey]
The Oil have cooled off after a hot start, and the CBC needs answers.
After an explosive start to the season, the Oilers' offence has dried up for two straight games https://t.co/OAZXgPXHoB— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 23, 2019
Hey there, NHL, better late than never.
Has Jamie Benn turned a corner? Dan Rosen discusses The Captain’s early struggles in his latest mailbag. [NHL]
Is another Finnish prodigy on his way to lighting up the NHL? Ryan Kennedy keeps you up on the 2020 NHL Draft prospects.
Also at NHL.com: Matt Dumba, Haydn Fleury, and the importance of remembering.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Hockey trick shots FTW. Enjoy.