The Dallas Stars have one of the top goaltending duos in the NHL in Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin. But when praising the Stars’ netminders, some credit needs to be given to their goalie coach, Jeff Reese:
“Reeser plays a big role (in our success),” Bishop said. “He’s the man behind the scenes and does a great job of managing both of us. We watch video with him all of the time. He’s just a great goalie coach … It’s a really good working relationship. It’s not any type of dictatorship.”
Although both Bishop and Khudobin were established goaltenders before coming to Dallas, that doesn’t make Reese’s job “easy.” In fact, one could argue it’s harder because the two goaltenders play very different styles:
“They’re both terrific,” Reese said. “They couldn’t be any more opposite... You start with the size and go right down the line; the way they play, the way they position, the way they are off the ice, too. They’re completely different personalities, but that makes it fun for me.”
You can read more about Reese from Saad Yousuf here.
Esa Lindell has been great on the ice this season, but what is he like off of it?
Inside the dressing room, Esa Lindell often wears a grin that falls between goofy and mischievous, an expression as if he can hardly contain the wit and wisdom that’s brewing inside his mind, whether the following words are in English or in Finnish. https://t.co/SDTdLxzRAS— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) February 6, 2020
Dallas is currently sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, but that doesn’t mean they can let their foot off of the gas:
Around the League
The @MapleLeafs have acquired goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a conditional third round pick in 2021. #LeafsForever— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 6, 2020
Proceed with caution:
Dustin Byfuglien is all but officially done with the Winnipeg Jets, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done with the NHL:
If Dustin Byfuglien is healthy enough to play this season, which teams could use him most?https://t.co/ByE1T3Turt— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 6, 2020
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano could be out for awhile, which would spell big problems for the Calgary Flames:
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano underwent an MRI on Wednesday.https://t.co/L8I43Fp4QR— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 5, 2020
Finally, who will end up winning the Hart Trophy? There’s no shortage of contenders: