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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Putting The Star(s) In The Lone Star State

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The Victory Green Gang embraced the archetypes, and delivered a Winter Classic for the ages. Plus, photographs and memories, New Year’s resolutions, and more.

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The NHL wanted to invoke a wild, wild West feel at the Winter Classic, and they certainly got it – and not just in the Dallas Stars’ roller-coaster comeback win.

From the home team’s pregame parade of Western wear to the more groan-inducing touches like the mechanical bull, the emphasis was on having a good time, Texas style. Embracing the Lone Star aesthetic included dressing the part, and the team went after the challenge with gusto, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika reports:

Roman Polak went full “bad guy” with an ominous black outfit compete with a robber-style bandana. John Klingberg said he wanted to keep a European edge to his style, and added that he was impressed with the choices of all of his teammates.

Denis Gurianov and Anton Khudobin were more farmhand style, while Jamie Oleksiak, Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen leaned toward a gentleman look.

”I thought everyone looked real good,” Klingberg said. “It was a lot of fun seeing guys actually really trying to look cool. Everyone was on board.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

Tyler Seguin came out of Twitter hibernation to post this glorious team photo, and a brief message of hope and good cheer.

The Stars interwebz team collected even more memories for your viewing pleasure.

Sean Shapiro and colleagues knocked themselves out with great Winter Classic content over at The Athletic. It’s all behind the paywall, or available for a free trial.

Isn’t it fun to see the NHL positively giddy over Southern hockey?

Because we can’t have all the nice things, here’s the latest on Corey Perry’s status with the Department of Player Safety.

Perry himself has expressed his regrets for the lapse.

Around The League(s)

Why yes, the Stars really are the center of the universe, and that’s why no one else dared to play yesterday. But the Dirty Central will be back in near-complete cut-throat action tonight:

Have you seen the Carolina Hurricanes’ New Year’s Eve Storm Surge? Look at it again.

Short answer: yes. Long answer: hells yes.

You’ll never guess what Jared Clinton suggests for Miro Heiskanen (spoiler: you probably already have).

The collector came for John Tortorella, basically because he said what NHL fans have been saying for the last ever.

Meanwhile, Columbus Blue Jackets fans are rallying to his defense in the manner to which we have become accustomed.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars will kick off 2020 tonight on the road against the Chicago Wolves. Puck drop is 7 p.m. CT.

Ryan Pennington has posted a 100 Degree preview.

Finally

Because everyone is talking about Anton Khudobin sliding into the team photo but nobody has had the DECENCY to post video (yet)...here he is doing one of the things he does best, which is making kids happy. Enjoy.