Dallas Stars Daily Links: Proving the Doubters Wrong

New additions Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera are determined to bounce back this season. Plus, other players who signed “prove it” deals, the Hurricanes match Aho’s offer sheet, and more.

Out of the Dallas Stars’ three free agent signings, two of them — Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera — are coming off of buyouts by their former teams. But both players are doing their best to move on from the past and instead stay focused on the future:

”I know I have a lot of things to prove and that’s the engine that drives me,” Sekera said. “I’m still a young guy and I want to play hockey as long as I can. I will do all I can in my power to make sure that I’m ready for 120 percent.”

While Perry added: “For me personally, I’m going in there with the right attitude and motivation to prove people wrong. I’ve done that throughout my whole career and it’s worked so far and hopefully it continues to do that.”

“Prove it” is going to be the theme with both players this upcoming season. Both have had recent injury troubles and are on the wrong side of 30 by a few years, which doesn’t inspire much confidence. But Stars GM Jim Nill thinks Perry and Sekera might surprise some people:

“These are some of the best hockey players in the world, and they’ve got a lot to prove,” Nill said. “They’ve both gone through tough injuries, were bought out by their teams, and they’re not done yet. That’s what excites me.

”They’re guys who want to prove what they can do, and they’ve got a resume that proves it, and we’re kind of the benefactors of that.”

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Around the League

Perry and Sekera aren’t the only players out to prove themselves this upcoming season:

The Montreal Canadiens signing Sebastian Aho to an offer sheet was surprising. What’s not, however, is that the Carolina Hurricanes are matching it:

Seriously, even Carolina owner Tom Dundon didn’t think twice about it:

While teams like the Stars and New York Rangers made waves on July 1, others were much more quiet. But will it stay that way?

Then again, maybe it was a good thing they stayed quiet...

Darryl Sutter is back coaching in the NHL, and he isn’t even leaving California!

Finally, Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton has some... interesting things to say about former Star Mats Zuccarello: