Out of the Dallas Stars’ three free agent signings, two of them — Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera — are coming off of buyouts by their former teams. But both players are doing their best to move on from the past and instead stay focused on the future:
”I know I have a lot of things to prove and that’s the engine that drives me,” Sekera said. “I’m still a young guy and I want to play hockey as long as I can. I will do all I can in my power to make sure that I’m ready for 120 percent.”
While Perry added: “For me personally, I’m going in there with the right attitude and motivation to prove people wrong. I’ve done that throughout my whole career and it’s worked so far and hopefully it continues to do that.”
“Prove it” is going to be the theme with both players this upcoming season. Both have had recent injury troubles and are on the wrong side of 30 by a few years, which doesn’t inspire much confidence. But Stars GM Jim Nill thinks Perry and Sekera might surprise some people:
“These are some of the best hockey players in the world, and they’ve got a lot to prove,” Nill said. “They’ve both gone through tough injuries, were bought out by their teams, and they’re not done yet. That’s what excites me.
”They’re guys who want to prove what they can do, and they’ve got a resume that proves it, and we’re kind of the benefactors of that.”
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“Winning the off-season” rings hollow for most Stars fans, but you should still feel good about Monday:
The Dallas Stars made a couple of big splashes on Monday, signing Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera. Early on into free agency, the team is looking good heading into the season.https://t.co/IvSG4jGxAT— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 2, 2019
Now the question is whether or not the Stars can truly be considered Stanley Cup contenders:
The Dallas Stars will look to use some new names to continue their push towards the Stanley Cup. https://t.co/RTIKNbMJOm— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) July 2, 2019
Around the League
Perry and Sekera aren’t the only players out to prove themselves this upcoming season:
Robin Lehner took a one-year deal to bet on himself and show last season wasn't a fluke.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 2, 2019
But he's not the only one. Here are 10 players who signed on July 1 that are prime candidates to prove themselves in 2019-20.https://t.co/GfcyLGoPfx
Seriously, even Carolina owner Tom Dundon didn’t think twice about it:
Dundon on the Sebastian Aho offer sheet: “It was so ridiculous in terms of probability of succeeding. If it was a test, it was quite an easy one.”— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 2, 2019
While teams like the Stars and New York Rangers made waves on July 1, others were much more quiet. But will it stay that way?
Then again, maybe it was a good thing they stayed quiet...
Darryl Sutter is back coaching in the NHL, and he isn’t even leaving California!
NEWS: Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray announces Darryl Sutter joins our organization as advisor to the coaching staff.https://t.co/FjbV8Sl4Pq— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) July 2, 2019
Finally, Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton has some... interesting things to say about former Star Mats Zuccarello:
"I told him when I was talking to him that he's like a lizard, the way a lizard takes his tongue and sticks it as far as it does and retrieves what it was trying to do." — GM Paul Fenton on @Zuccarello36— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 1, 2019
→ https://t.co/2V4Lig6AeV #mnwild pic.twitter.com/2tjfFXo1GJ