It looks as if Roope Hintz is staying off the Cedar Park shuttle for good. The 22-year-old forward, until recently a Texas Stars standout, has found his stride in the NHL.
On a Dallas Stars team that desperately needs more offense, head coach Jim Montgomery recognizes game in his other Finnish rookie:
“He’s just someone who’s adding to our being a more dynamic offensive team, and he’s very responsible defensively,” Montgomery said. “His speed and his strength on pucks right now is very impressive.”
Recent linemate Tyler Seguin approves, with an unusual caveat:
Seguin said the speedy Hintz may need to make a change here and there, perhaps tapping the brakes now and then.
”I actually had to tell him halfway through the first to slow down a little bit,” Seguin said after last week’s game at Florida. “He was so fast. I’m not even kidding. When he goes, he goes. I feel like I am a quick player, but he is so fast. I told him he might have a little more patience. I felt I was like (Jaromir) Jagr telling me as a kid to slow down out there. But it’s funny, he can fly, and he’s going to be a heck of a player for a long time.”
Mark has more, including updates on Blake Comeau and Ben Bishop, who are both expected to report for duty tonight. [Stars Inside Edge]
LHD Joel Hanley is sticking around, too. He’s signed a two-year extension after 16 games with Dallas this season.
The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Joel Hanley to a two-year, two-way contract extension through 2020-21. https://t.co/Bo0PtDL5fH— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 20, 2019
The Stars could really, really use a home win tonight.
Colorado and Chicago both won tonight. Wild card race getting a little tight. Stars have games in hand, but they have to make something of those. pic.twitter.com/TYtnlkGN8S— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) February 21, 2019
So what will the defense look like against the St. Louis Blues? It probably needs some shaking up, as Matthew DeFranks suggests.
I’ll, uh, just leave this here.
...along with this reminder that yesterday was an awesome day in Stars history, thanks to Sergei Zubov.
On this date in 2004, #DallasStars Sergei Zubov had two assists to become the first Russian-born defenseman to get 600 career points— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) February 20, 2019
Around The League(s)
#Kill Your Darlings
- Patrick Kane scored twice, and extended his point streak to 19 games, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in overtime. [Second City Hockey]
- The Colorado Avalanche got scoring by everyone from captain Gabriel Landeskog to rookie A.J. Greer as they buried the Winnipeg Jets 7-1. [Mile High Hockey]
Need to catch up on NHL trade deadline deals? CBC Sports has posted its TDL tracker.
Looking for potential steals as the swap meet intensifies? Here’s a short list, from Carl Hagelin to Jesse Puljujarvi. [NHL]
And here’s a great piece on what the TDL looks like from the front office.
Great theme event, or greatest theme event ever? The Charlotte Checkers are really having fun with this one.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
ICYMI Brad McClure’s first AHL goal during Tuesday night’s win....
PSA: Even in Canada, a hockey emergency is not quite the same as a real one. Enjoy.