The Dallas Stars’ season is over. That still feels weird to type, but reality sunk in yesterday as the Stars cleaned out their lockers for the summer. It’s time to move on:
“Tough ending, second overtime. It is what it is right now, but we are going to have to move on,” said defenseman John Klingberg. “We get prepared for the next season, it feels like it’s a long way there, but we’re doing something good here. We were doing something good throughout the whole year. Feel proud about where we are as a team.”
Dallas will have to make many offseason decisions, including whether or not to re-sign UFA Mats Zuccarello. The Stars’ trade deadline acquisition was one of several players who played while injured this postseason, according to general manager Jim Nill:
“It healed well, but he had a lot of tendon issues, tendonitis and everything else that goes with that,” Nill said. “Those kinds of injuries are really two months to get totally healed, and he was pushing it. He was getting injected every game. He was never 100 percent but still very effective.”
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It’s okay to be sad now, but you should also be excited about the future:
Here’s a message to the fans from Stars play-by-play announcer Josh Bogorad:
One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong...
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Recap: Bruins’ power play comes alive in third, B’s win game one https://t.co/lu2nF0YhFj— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) May 10, 2019
Down Goes Brown breaks down his annual “All-Disappointment” team, and you’ll never guess who made it for the Stars. No seriously — you’ll never guess:
Hot take: Jordan Binnington is getting way too much credit these playoffs.
The 25-year-old Canadian is cool and composed, and he's been that way since his call up in January. https://t.co/gB0K31BOnQ— #StanleyCup on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 9, 2019
Speaking of which, the St. Louis Blues goaltender is pretty high on the Conn Smythe watch, but he’s not even the leading goaltender: