The Dallas Stars are living the same story as every other NHL team right now – collecting data, evaluating players, making the roster decisions that will set the tone for the 2019-20 season.
But it’s the human angle that makes each story different, and the players’ stories are spilling into the main narrative on a nightly basis. Stars senior staff writer takes a look at the players who are making a case for themselves, including Texas Stars stalwart Justin Dowling – who gave the Stars the OT win in Minnesota on Tuesday:
Here’s Montgomery last season on what he likes about Dowling: “He has elite hockey sense. He has as good of hockey sense as any top-six player we have in our lineup. I mean, that’s why he’s able, and we put him in a position where we think we can use him and he can help the team win.”...
And while the focus has been on all of the kids trying to make the opening night roster, Dowling came out Tuesday and just played his game. He was smart, he was relentless, he was skilled when the opportunity presented itself.
And there’s a lesson to be learned from uncertainty as the players prepare for the next plot twist:
Dallas last season had a new coaching staff, was beset by injuries, used 14 different defensemen, and came a half puck’s width away from going to the Western Conference Final. Even HBO would be impressed with that amount of plot twists.
As we talk to Dowling or Colton Point or Ty Dellandrea or Stefan Noesen or pretty much any of the players who are fighting for their professional lives here, the overriding theme is staying in the moment. Work hard, be prepared, don’t get ahead of yourself. It’s good advice. If you focus on the task at hand, it can often lead to some pretty incredible results.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Landon Bow is the latest subject for Sean Shapiro’s goalie series, and how’s this for a teaser?
"I don’t think it’s fair to fight Bish because he can rag-doll anybody."https://t.co/pU4OnoNzhf— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 19, 2019
Sean also posted the only Stephen Johns update you’re going to get.
Stephen Johns skated today with skating coach after rest of team was done with practices. That’s all there is to report at this time and this doesn’t mean there will be any other updates any time soon.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 18, 2019
The Stars have announced a new partnership in China as hockey continues to grow interest in the People’s Republic.
We’re going worldwide!— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 18, 2019
The Stars, Neltex Sports and Beijing Shougang Hockey Club have announced a developmental agreement to train elite hockey prospects in China in advance of the 2022 Winter Olympics. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/xnPrDcRQ2U
And there’s a familiar name among NHL Fantasy’s top centers.
Around The League(s)
What’s the story behind Dustin Byfuglien’s leave of absence?
Meanwhile, the Julius Honka trade market factors into Lyle Richardson’s new rumor roundup.
All signs pointed to a Ducks-Hurricanes swap involving Justin Faulk, but is that deal dead? Meanwhile, the Oilers weigh their options with Jesse Puljujarvi and the Stars look at trade destinations for Julius Honka— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 18, 2019
More in the latest Rumor Roundup:https://t.co/O98vQWAD9s
Restricted free agents Patrik Laine and Mikko Rantanten are 'not close' to new contracts with the Jets and Avalanche, according to their agent. https://t.co/DpI61awU4H— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) September 18, 2019
2011 marks the last time the Buffalo Sabres appeared in the playoffs.— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 18, 2019
Consistency is going to be key to break that streak, Jack Eichel says. https://t.co/0xTJSiWkcA
Elsewhere, Taylor Hall may be on the verge of returning to action with the New Jersey Devils.