Dallas Stars Daily Links: Ben Bishop Injury Update

Bishop plans to play this season, but there’s no timetable for a potential return. Plus, training camp observations, things get wilder in Buffalo, and more.

Heading into this season, most Dallas Stars fans have written off the possibility of a Ben Bishop return. The prevailing belief is that he will most likely stay on LTIR for the entirety of the regular season.

But that’s now how Bishop himself views things. The goaltender plans to return sometime this season — he just needs to feels confident with his surgically repaired knee:

“I don’t feel rusty,” Bishop said. “It’s more just getting that strength and trust back in that knee. It’s been a long time. You can take shots all you want, but as far as battling through screens and whatnot and getting that trust back in the leg, it’s more the hurdle you have to get over. As far as hand-eye and feeling it, I feel like I haven’t missed a beat.”

When might that be? That’s the 4.9 million dollar question. Stars General Manager Jim Nill said there’s no timetable currently, and any return would ultimately hinge on how Bishop himself feels:

“He doesn’t even know, that’s the tough part,” Nill said. “For me to sit here and say where he is at, Ben’s the one that knows that. Right now, he doesn’t even know. That’s why we’re in this process, it’s been a year and a half now... We’re going to watch him, but he’s the one that’s going to have to tell us if he’s a player or not.”

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Alexander Radulov has also undergone surgery, and now he’s feeling his better than he has for a long time:

And here’s Saad Yousuf with notes from all over the first day of training camp:

Around the League

Evander Kane has been cleared of gambling allegations by the NHL, but is now under investigation for unrelated incidents:

Expect the stands to be full this season, albeit with some mandates varying from place to place:

The Jack Eichel situation keeps getting uglier, as the Buffalo Sabres have stripped his captaincy:

There’s two sides to every coin, but it sure does look like one side is a lot worse here:

This is just sad — Edmonton Oilers goaltender Alex Stalock will be out the entire 2021-22 season:

Cross-checking is going under the microscope this season:

Olympic hockey is just around the corner:


Dread it. Run from it. Jersey advertisements still arrive: