With Miro Heiskanen out long term, the Dallas Stars’ defensemen are having to step up their game. That means depth players getting a lot more playing time than they’re used to, such as Jani Hakanpaa taking over as Ryan Suter’s partner:
“It’s been fun,” Hakanpaa said. “It’s a lot of fun playing with [Ryan]. He’s a great player and I’m just trying to learn from him. He’s been around the business for a long time.”
Thomas Harley and Joel Hanley are also helping to fill the void, and Andrej Sekera will too once he’s back off IR. Still, there’s no replacing Heiskanen, and head coach Rick Bowness knows it:
“All we’re going to do is ask them to play their best,” Bowness said. “They’re not Miro, so just play to your level and play consistently. We’re not going to ask them to do something you can’t do.”
You can read more from Mike Heika here.
Anton Khudobin will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery:
Stars general manager Jim Nill has made the following statement regarding goaltender Anton Khudobin: pic.twitter.com/c3h367NYnU— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 15, 2022
Along with Braden Holtby’s ongoing injury, we should continue seeing a lot of Jake Oettinger:
Odds and ends from Frisco today: https://t.co/x7JOBcU8Oz— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) March 14, 2022
The Dallas Stars travel to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, and the Robertson brothers will be at the center of it all:
What a mismatched hat and jersey mean for the Leafs’ Nick Robertson, Stars’ Jason Robertson https://t.co/KQRLNlFl1J— SeanFitz_Gerald (@SeanFitz_Gerald) March 14, 2022
Around the League
Meanwhile the Colorado Avalanche kicked off TDL week by trading for Josh Manson:
Like them or not, the NHL’s quantity of outdoor games is not going anywhere:
Outdoor games are the most important non playoff events for the business of the NHL. Why that is, what’s next, and the proper financial case to host multiple each season. https://t.co/mh7WmkWZBx— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 14, 2022
Junior hockey continues to spread in the US, this time with its eyes on the west coast:
Exclusive: New Junior League coming to West Coast— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 14, 2022
With @NHL teams from the Pacific Division already pledging support, the circuit holds a lot of promise for an under-served area.
✍️: @THNRyanKennedy https://t.co/oY73bnmkg1
What should the Stars do at the deadline? Greg Wyshynski takes a look at each team:
The NHL trade deadline is now less than a week away. Here's our guide to all 32 teams, the players and picks in play, and where it's all headed before Monday's deadline. https://t.co/3Nsef2mEDa— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 15, 2022
If we could play matchmaker, who would end up where?
Colorado broke the ice on the trade front Monday.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 15, 2022
With the ‘first domino’ to fall in the week leading up to the deadline, the question now is what’s to come over the next few days.@hayyyshayyy dives into some trades that could be intriguing ⤵️https://t.co/uijItFHOnN