Yesterday was a busy day in the NHL, but the highlight for the Dallas Stars was when Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau were announced as two of the newest inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Both players had stellar NHL careers, and this latest honor is just the cherry on top:
“They were just two of the smartest, hard-working players I’ve ever been around, and I couldn’t be happier,” former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.
”For Carbo, it’s an honor for just a tremendous career as a winner, it’s a sign of respect for everything he’s done. And for Zubie, he was just one of the calmest players I have ever seen with the puck, and maybe one of the most underrated players of his time. It’s a great honor for both.”
Fans were elated when Zubov’s induction was announced, but let’s not forget about Carbonneau. He was an integral member of the 1999 Stanley Cup squad, constantly helping his teammates improve with his perfectionist approach:
“He was always that way,” Modano said. “You could do 19 things right, and he would always be focused on the one thing you did wrong. It was just the way he was wired, but I think that was a huge part of why we won.”
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The Stars also made their qualifying offers to six of their 10 RFAs, not including Brett Ritchie or Ryan Hartman:
The Dallas Stars have issued qualifying offers to six players, retaining their negotiating rights. https://t.co/U5IbXnxN1m— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 25, 2019
Something tells me Hartman will be very confused next Saturday...
Ryan Hartman got traded and effectively released in the last 24 hours and his mom is still trying to get ahold of him to let him know lmao pic.twitter.com/jUnjmi55cp— Satchel Price (@SatchelPrice) June 25, 2019
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Stars fans will focus on Zubov and Carbonneau, but the headliner for the 2019 HHOF Class is definitely Hayley Wickenheiser:
She was the sole inductee unable to take the call, but she had a very good reason for it:
Hayley Wickenheiser was unable to be reached to be notified for her Call to the Hall. First inductee in a number of years. Lanny McDonald said Wickenheiser, a medical school student, is currently sitting for an exam today and would receive a failing grade if she used her phone.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 25, 2019
Time to look ahead to 2020, right?
Way-too-early picks for the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class https://t.co/eapMKe0kbj— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 25, 2019
Two-time Stanley Cup champion Brooks Orpik is hanging up his skates:
Brooks Orpik has announced his retirement today from the @NHL after 15 seasons. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion skated in 1,035 regular-season games.— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 25, 2019
Congratulations on a terrific career, Brooksie. And thank you for everything! #ALLCAPS
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Ex-Star Kevin Connauton is on the move again:
TRADE ALERT: The #Coyotes have acquired center Carl Soderberg from the Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third round draft choice. → https://t.co/LVElLZSiTd pic.twitter.com/ISaHunsKIL— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 25, 2019
Craig Custance links the Stars to Joe Pavelski and (obviously) Mats Zuccarello in his latest piece:
NHL Free Agent Tiers: Destinations, updates and estimated pay ranges for top UFAs: https://t.co/koesg0VvYS— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) June 25, 2019
I have no reason to include this Jack Hughes quote other than that I love it:
Jack Hughes is ready to take the league by storm. pic.twitter.com/Jj7Lg5ZSo0— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 25, 2019
I know I tried to keep the focus more-so on Carbonneau... but I mean, come on!