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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Return of the Hintz

Coming back from injury, Hitnz (apparently) looked great in last night’s preseason win. Plus, Sekera is Olympic-bound, Barkov gets a new deal, and more.

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It’s just the preseason, but Roope Hintz looked good in his debut last night, scoring a goal for the Dallas Stars in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Hintz is coming off a groin injury, but it sure didn’t look like it on the ice:

Asked what he liked about Hintz’s game, [head coach Rick] Bowness said, “Everything. He was flying out there.”

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“When you see him coming through the middle of the ice like he was tonight, you know he’s feeling great,” Bowness said. “His reads were better than I thought they would be, his timing was really good, he showed what a great player he is.”

Hintz had a breakout season last year, scoring 43 points in just 41 games despite playing through a groin injury. If he’s 100% this year, big things are in store for the young center:

“He’s got great speed, he’s a big body, very skilled,” said defenseman Ryan Suter... “You don’t realize how skilled some of these guys are until you practice with him. Just seeing them handle the puck and seeing how they carry themselves on the ice every day, it’s very eye opening.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.


More Stars News

With Hintz back, the super line of Hintz, Jason Robertson, and Joe Pavelski will be ready to make waves:

Speaking of Robertson, here’s an exclusive look at his goal from last night’s untelevised game:

Anton Khudobin had a solid game last night — has the Stars’ goaltending logjam been resolved?

Andrej Sekera is the first Star to be named to an Olympic roster. Woo!


Around the League

How hopeful are the fans of each NHL team? Some results might surprise you:

The Florida Panthers were at the top with 100% optimism, which was reinforced today as they extended Alexander Barkov for eight years at $10M AAV:

RIP the all-Canada division:

NHLers continue to pour our support for Carey Price:

Blake Coleman will be missing his regular season debut for the Calgary Flames:

Finally, here’s a deep dive that’s rather... interesting: