Welcome to Dallas Stars Fantasy League 2021! The NHL trade deadline is rolling up on us, and it’s time to bring out all your wildest dreams for player deals, depending on whether you think the Victory Green Gang is buying or selling.
Just don’t be surprised if none of those ideas will work in the real world. Sean Shapiro and Saad Yousuf engaged two professional contacts – an NHL executive and a scout – to gauge the likelihood of some reader-submitted proposals. The results are...about what you’d expect.
The fact that so many so-called fans want to trade John Klingberg for a huge bounty – maybe even a John Klingberg! – is as predictable as it is depressing. So it’s kind of nice to see the pros shoot down these prospective deals with extreme prejudice, as in this proposal to trade Klinger to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first-round pick, a second-round pick and center Morgan Frost:
Exec: Dallas says no, rather quickly.
Scout: That’s not enough for Klingberg. That’s value along the lines of a (Jake) Muzzin or a (Mattias) Ekholm. John Klingberg holds more value than that.
And if you’re going for the time-tested “trade depth players and inconvenient contracts for an elite scorer” gambit, you too may be barking up the wrong tree – as in the test case of dealing Esa Lindell and Joel L’Esperance for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ William Nylander:
Exec: Dallas says no. If they did that, I think they’d score more, but they’d also get much worse defensively and I think we saw what happened to Dallas a couple of years ago when they struggled defensively and how poorly that can go.
Scout: Toronto says no. This trade is a one for one. L’Esperance does nothing for me and Lindell isn’t worth Nylander.
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Rick Bowness is back on the bench for tonight’s rematch with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Rick Bowness is happy to be back with the team following his false-positive COVID test. pic.twitter.com/mbVq7KsMcy— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 7, 2021
John Stevens was only head coach for a few periods, but he sounds very head-coach-like here.
John Stevens on watching the standings: "We can sit here and hope that teams lose, but until we start helping ourselves, we're not going to get where we want to be."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/ldrud53DHA— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 7, 2021
Stars fans already know that Kelly Forbes is the best, bar none. Mike Heika is making sure everyone else knows it, too.
The Victory Green Gang is bringing more of the in-arena experience online – including a signed-sweater auction to benefit the Dallas Stars Foundation.
Around The Leagues
It was another quiet night in the #Disco, so let’s check out the headlines....
Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac were traded to the Islanders by the Devils. New Jersey receives forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.https://t.co/dDC3xPWmvX— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 8, 2021
“The NHL has accepted this is the cost of doing business.” The Vancouver Canucks’ season is on the line due to a fast-spreading COVID variant, and there are so many questions.
Henrik Lundqvist is back on the ice – but he’ll have to wait until later this month to learn if he can compete again.
Henrik Lundqvist on why he needed open-heart surgery, how being a hockey player prepared him for the fight of his life https://t.co/jjulzdpHGh— RMNB (@russianmachine) April 7, 2021
Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner underwent successful surgery today to repair a broken finger and is expected to be sidelined for approximately six weeks.#CBJ | @Huntington_Bank https://t.co/PLxz4wbR2X— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 7, 2021
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The newest Stars played their first professional games on Tuesday, and it must have been like coming home. Enjoy.