The Dallas Stars have finally arrived in Edmonton, and Mike Heika is celebrating the imminent return of Actual Hockey with his latest edition of the #HeyHeika mailbag.
The Stars’ senior staff writer took on tons of reader questions, ranging from practice time...
With all the teams in the bubble city, how much practice time are the Stars going to have before the first game on Aug 3rd? — @AWoelfing
Heika: Because they are using community practice rinks (one of the reasons Edmonton was chosen), the Stars can practice pretty much every day. Rick Bowness is a fan of rest, and the process of getting to the rinks is a little time-consuming because of all the protocol that has to be followed, so the guess is that when games start being played every other day, the practice time will be reduced.
The Stars last season in the playoffs had a lot of workouts in the hotel, so this might work out perfectly for them.
...to how the team looks after that brief summer training camp:
After leaving training camp, which aspect of the team are you most excited about being a strength, and which aspect is the biggest question mark/weakness? — @behale8
Heika: This is a good defensive team. You see it in pretty much every drill and scrimmage. They support their teammates, they have sticks in the lane, they skate well. They are great at killing penalties and they have great goaltending (even the younger goalies). That kind of team can win in the playoffs or at least keep games close.
The problem is they really do have a hard time stringing passes together and being creative offensively. As much as things have changed, they are still very much the same. We’ll see what happens when the real games start.
There’s always more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
The internet connection is always the first thing to let you down.
How are the Stars acclimating to bubble life? Great… except for the WiFi https://t.co/h7BtscRg38— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) July 27, 2020
The Long Pause may have ended up being especially good for the vets, and even more especially good for Jamie Benn. What can we expect in the way of Beast Mode?
Jamie Benn is unique, but only part of the time now. Can the layoff allow him to come back more physical than normal?— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) July 27, 2020
"I think probably right from the get-go, there’s going to be a lot of banging and crashing, and guys doing whatever it takes." https://t.co/XtroI7tfWD pic.twitter.com/UfmibIQHES
Tyler Seguin’s good citizenship is no secret in Dallas. The Stars have recognized it with a special honor.
Tyler Seguin is our nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.— x-Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 27, 2020
The annual award recognizes leadership qualities and contributions to the community https://t.co/fhsHm2fhYr
Around The League(s)
Twelve teams, a thousand personnel, and a whole lot of trying to figure out where everything is. (Just don’t let the seniors try to sell you a pool pass.)
"It's kind of like the first day at school for a lot of these people."— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 28, 2020
️: @SportsnetSpec and @GenePrincipe discuss how players are adjusting to life in Edmonton's bubble, and more.https://t.co/3M4RhrZnlq
Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 problems have rattled the sports world – but it’s so far, so good for the NHL’s testing program.
NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/5dObzonFWA— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 27, 2020
It’s the details that count, and the league is trying to make bubble life a little more bearable.
It appears the NHL dressed up players’ hotel rooms with family photos: pic.twitter.com/jEN3c8kaH2— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) July 26, 2020
Does playing in give Canadian NHL teams an edge? https://t.co/oZI9oXknvg— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) July 28, 2020
Eddie Shack led a big life on and off the ice. Matt Larkin has written a tribute to the four-time Stanley Cup winner, who died Sunday at 83.
He thrilled the fans with his big personality, he achieved fame away from the game, and he was one of the more underrated power forwards of his day. The Hockey News remembers Eddie Shack with the help of his old teammates.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 27, 2020
What’s in Esa Lindell’s cooler? You decide.