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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Yet Another Scoring Drought

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Different player, same story. Plus, the Stars’ new post-win tradition, Valeri Nichushkin has reignited his career, and more.

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Things haven’t been going great for Alexander Radulov lately. The Dallas Stars forward has gone 12 games without scoring a goal, his longest drought since his rookie year:

“We all know he’s at his best when he has that puck below the tops of the circles, and working,” Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness said. “No one competes as hard as Rads does. In that offensive zone when he has the puck, he hasn’t gotten any breaks offensively. But if he keeps putting pucks to the net and stays with it, then those goals are going to come.”

If this sounds like a case of deja-vu, it’s because Tyler Seguin recently went on a career long, 17-game goalless streak. He’s bounced back since then, which proves that even though Radulov is struggling now, the light is on the horizon:

“Had a good talk with Rads yesterday and he’s in the right frame of mind,” Bowness said. “Regardless if you’re scoring, it’s like that whole thing we went through with Tyler. ‘He’s not scoring, he’s not scoring.’ Yeah, but he’s doing a lot of things to help us win games, and those are the most important points. Rads is part of this team, and he’s doing good things to help us where we are in the standings.”

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.


Stars Stories

I for one miss the cowboy hat, but I agree it’d be a pain to travel with:

Mike Heika talks Anton Khudobin and more in his latest mailbag:

Goodnight, sweet prince — Jake Oettinger was returned to the Texas Stars yesterday:

...of course, he could be back up in Dallas by the time you read this:


Around the League

Valeri Nichushkin was a disappointment in Dallas, but he’s finally finding his groove with the Colorado Avalanche:

The Ottawa Senators have made headlines once again, this time for firing CEO Jim Little less than two months into his tenure:

Here’s the statement from Little, which only somewhat clarifies things:

They aren’t going to be breaking any regular season records, but is this version of the Tampa Bay Lightning better than last year’s?

Elliotte Friedman talks plenty about the NHL’s annual General Manager meeting in his latest 31 Thoughts:

Finally, the Minnesota Wild making a late playoff surge defies all logic and I’m not sure how to feel about it: