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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Pavelski’s Return to San Jose

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The Stars lost the game, but that didn’t mean Pavelski’s return wasn’t special. Plus, the Devils fire GM Ray Shero, women’s hockey comes to the All-Star game, and more.

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It may not have ended in the Dallas Stars’ favor, but otherwise Saturday’s game against the San Jose Sharks went pretty well for Joe Pavelski all things considered.

After spending 13 years with the San Jose, including five seasons as the team’s captain, Pavelski played his first game against his former club on Saturday. He was honored with a pre-game video, the kind that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside:

“It was awesome,” Pavelski said. “This is a special place to myself and my family. To be out there when the building is filled like this … I’ve always had a special bond with these fans and those guys over there. It was a tremendous night. They did it right.”

Of course, it was also a bit weird being on the other side of the ice for Pavelski. Even though the “Shark Tank” still feels like home, it was hostile territory to him for the first time:

Pavelski said when he came out of the visitor’s tunnel, it was odd. He said when he saw another team wearing those familiar Shark sweaters, it was a bit shocking. He said when he heard them call familiar names, it just seemed strange.

“It was weird a few times when you heard 88 (Brett Burns) or Joe Thornton; when I heard that, my mind kind of went back and you were waiting for your name to be called,” Pavelski said.

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More Pavelski Stuff

Here’s the video that the Sharks put together to honor Pavelski’s return:

And here are some photos from throughout the day:


Around the League

There were only a few Central teams that took the ice last night:

The big news from yesterday came from the New Jersey Devils, who parted ways with GM Ray Shero:

Zack Kassian will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety today for the following altercation with Matthew Tkachuk:

For what it’s worth, Tkahuck himself is getting off scot-free:

This might actually give me a reason to turn on the NHL All-Star game this year:

Finally, Auston Matthews must have been bored last night, because this is just showing off: