The rush of landing Mats Zuccarello on Saturday ended all too quickly on Sunday, with the talented forward injured before completing the first 14 minutes of his first game in Victory Green. But the Stars’ GM, a notably cautious man, just wasn’t sold on a stopgap acquisition deal, reports The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks:
“We talked to a lot of teams, but unless it was something that was going to be a perfect fit, we made some pretty big moves the last two days and made prior moves all season,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “You still have to manage your assets and be careful. We were close on a couple things, but in the end, they weren’t going to be the right fit.”
With Denis Gurianov on recall, and Roope Hintz up for the rest of the season, Nill decided not to expend more assets on help at forward:
“You can only spend so much,” Nill said. “You can have a shopping list, but once the credit card gets loaded up, you got to be careful. We paid major prices already for the guys we did [acquire]. You can only do that so much. You got to be careful.”
There’s much more under the paywall. [SportsDayDFW]
If you slept in yesterday, the Stars radio guys will get you up to speed.
New York Rangers writer Tom Albano delivers an encomium for Zucc.
And here’s the latest on the break that ended his splendid Stars debut against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Update on Mats Zuccarello's injury: He suffered a broken arm and is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday to help it heal faster. The surgery helps keep the timeline at four weeks. https://t.co/VuOusqK9ih— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 25, 2019
Eric Duhatschek gives the TDL high grades for entertainment, especially the Winnipeg-Nashville “arms race.” But can one great trade, or even several, really transform a team?
Did sanity (mostly) prevail at the 2019 NHL trade deadline? Maybe. The vast majority of contenders either stood pat or made a minor tweak. Not exactly sure if this is a blip or a trend, but we discuss: https://t.co/WJXXpIQQrQ— Eric Duhatschek (@eduhatschek) February 26, 2019
The NHL Network takes a look at the teams that held steady during the swap meet.
Former Stars writer Scott Burnside graded papers for The Athletic, and the Victory Green gang earned a minus for the Mats Zuccarello injury.
CBC Sports has a full recap of the TDL action.
The Vegas Golden Knights landed a big fish in Mark Stone, and I’m just saying this is the sort of welcome that can really set the tone early.
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- Brian Boyle scored the shootout winner as the Nashville Predators squeaked past the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. [On The Forecheck]
- The Colorado Avalanche blew a two-goal lead and had to settle for a loser point in a 4-3 OT defeat at the hands (paws?) of the Florida Panthers. [Mile High Hockey]
That game capped what turned out to be an interesting day for Derick Brassard.
#FlaPanthers Derick Brassard stepped onto the ice for morning skate in Denver, then pulled. He’s going down the hall and playing for the Avs...— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) February 25, 2019
Stats dude Sean Tierney has posted several updated maps for skaters, goalies and teams. Draw your own post-TDL conclusions here.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Denis Gurianov is back in Big D.
You were thinking it. @100DegreeHockey said it. You’re welcome. Enjoy.
Shoutout to every one out there with the TSNBobMcKenzje and FriedgeHN1C type accounts. Today is your day to shine before you return to your mom's basement.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) February 25, 2019