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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Klingberg And Lindell, An Odd Couple That Works

The two defenders have turned out to be leaders on and off the ice, writes Mike Heika. Plus, Rick Bowness gives injury updates, NHL suits still don’t want the Olympics, and more.

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John Klingberg and Esa Lindell both play defense. Both wear “A”s for the Dallas Stars. Both are listed as 6-3 (look it up – it’s true). After that, their profiles diverge considerably.

But as this odd couple has become the Stars’ unexpected top pair, their differences keep tending to complement each other. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika took a closer look at how their surprising partnership has evolved, from teamwork on the ice to friendship outside the arena:

“When I came here last year, Esa was the biggest surprise for me,” said Stars interim coach Rick Bowness, who said he didn’t know much about Lindell before he got here. “He’s just so reliable defensively, he can eat up a lot of minutes, but he’s intelligent about his minutes. He can play against the best players, he’s good on the power play.

Esa Lindell, you talk about a team MVP, he’s at the top of the list.”

Some Stars fans are old enough to remember when Klingberg was “too small” and “too skinny” to have any impact in the NHL. As it turns out, he is, too:

“I was never the best player on the team when I was young, so I had to work harder than everybody else, and I think that’s helped me a lot,” Klingberg said. “I guess I have been proving over and over since I was young that I can play. I think people see physical play and think that’s what a competitor is, but I think I can work hard and play hard and play smart, and I am competitive.

”I’m physical in my way, and I have a good stick, and I feel like that works for me.”

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


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