The Most Hockey-less Month is finally drawing to a close. Let’s indulge in a little more scatter-shooting before it’s time to dive into the Traverse City tournament and Dallas Stars training camp.
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks did some forward-corps speculation in a recent online chat – focusing on how the fourth line might shape up:
This is an interesting one because so much of it depends on what happens on the first three lines. Let’s assume for now that the top three lines include Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Radek Faksa and Blake Comeau -- in some combination. There is a chance (in some cases, a remote one) that someone like Jason Dickinson, Jason Robertson, Ty Dellandrea, Mattias Janmark or Denis Gurianov push their way into the top nine, but for now, let’s assume they’re battling on the fourth line.
I think a line of Janmark, Dickinson and Gurianov would be very good on the fourth line. The speed that all three of them bring would match up with the modern game, they each have offensive ability (although Janmark and Dickinson’s results have been middling at times) and two of them are key penalty killers. They could match up with a variety of opposing lines and be fun to watch. That’s what I’d like to see, but also realize there’s a chance Dellandrea or Robertson or someone else stands out in training camp and makes a strong case for their inclusion on the NHL roster.
He also spent some time on an NHL-in-Houston thought experiment:
Expansion? No. I think with Seattle’s entrance to the league that pushes the league to 32 teams, expansion may be quiet for a bit. So that means we’d have to look at relocation for Texas to get another team. Arizona has a new owner, and I’m not going to pretend to know all about the Coyotes’ situation under him, but Tilman Fertitta has expressed interest in the past about bringing the NHL to Houston. It would be fun, that’s for sure. But I don’t know the future.
There’s more at the DMN website. [SportsDayDFW]
You’re not excited enough about Roope Hintz yet. I just know, OK?
"He was one of the best, if not the best player, on a nightly basis for the @DallasStars in the playoffs."— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 24, 2019
Can the season start already so we can see @roopehintz in action again?!?! #NHLTonight pic.twitter.com/IRk9qUM2Y6
Here’s the question. What’s the answer?
There’s an important update on the 2020 Winter Classic – namely, when it’s time to be in your seat and ready for some Cotton Bowl hockey.
Start time of the 2020 Bridgestone NHL #WinterClassic between the @DallasStars and @PredsNHL at Cotton Bowl Stadium is set for 1 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on @nbc, @Sportsnet and @TVASports on New Year’s Day. pic.twitter.com/IbuV9hZbOf— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 22, 2019
Around The League(s)
When building a Cup winner, does size matter? Our deep dive into numbers from last 10 champs/conference finalists w/ insight from several #NHL GMs. “If you’re a big guy who can’t play with pace, you can’t play for us,” #tblightning Julien BriseBois says. https://t.co/6JSa84O3PF— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) August 23, 2019
As training camp looms throughout the NHL, Steven Ellis runs down the RFA situation for every team.
What does the RFA situation look like for each team with training camps on the horizon? Your team-by-team look:https://t.co/bBnibPgPLv— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 25, 2019
Also at THN: Is Patrik Laine really preparing to leave the Winnipeg Jets, or are hockey writers just as bored as everyone else?
When asked about his contract, RFA Patrik Laine says he’s “prepared for anything.” Are his days as a Winnipeg Jet really numbered?https://t.co/kuLy8hbqv1— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Patrick Maroon is switching jerseys.
Unhappy news from Minnesota, as Olympic icon Mark Pavelich incurs some trouble with the law.
'Miracle on Ice' legend Mark Pavelich faces four felony charges following an incident with his neighbor in Minnesota https://t.co/nlQp946kHO— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) August 25, 2019
Daniel Carcillo has been candid about his life with the after-effects of traumatic brain injury. This is the first time he’s shared details of the regimen that’s helping him regulate them.
For the 1st time in a very long time, I felt proud of myself this morning— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) August 24, 2019
I was able to give myself a pat on the back
This may sound trivial to some, but for some1 who is use to using negative self talk to motivate myself, this is a profound shift in mindset#SickNotWeak #CBD pic.twitter.com/5lriDsx8DH
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Time to start getting excited for the Texas Stars season too, no? Let’s start with the Theme Nights schedule, which will include Travis Morin Night on October 19.
Landon Bow is one reason to look forward to the season, and he just celebrated his special day.
They’re all hype videos now. Enjoy the anticipation.