Dallas Stars Daily Links: Perry’s Heel-Face Turn
Will Stars fans embrace the man they once considered a villain? Plus, birthday celebrations from yesterday, which teams and players should improve next season, and more.
Corey Perry has been a sort of “villain” for most NHL teams throughout his career, and the Dallas Stars are no exception. Besides frequently putting points up on the board, Perry has had a knack for getting under his opponents’ skin, something he says is integral to his game:
“It’s just the way I have to play to be effective,” Perry said. “It’s one of those things, where if I’m not doing that, I’m not going to be effective playing my game on a nightly basis. I have to go out and do those things. It’s not like I’m going out looking for it, it just happens and it’s part of my nature.”
But one thing has led to another, and now Stars fans will find themselves watching Perry in Victory Green this upcoming season. It’ll be a hard adjustment for many fans, but it might get easier over time:
Stars fans spent more than a decade finding him intolerable, but the outpouring of love on social media from Ducks fans following his buyout is evidence that he was adored by people who watched him work day-in, day-out for their own team. Now Perry is a Star, and committed to helping bring the Stanley Cup back to Dallas. He’s confident the tone among Stars fans will change now that the pest is on their side.
You can read more from Saad Yousuf here.
Speaking of Perry...
"Being here, the last couple days, everybody has made it feel like home. I'm excited to get the season started."— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 18, 2019
Lunch with Jamie Benn. Rangers game with Bish. Corey Perry is getting acclimated to Dallas just fine. pic.twitter.com/Kgifl4Kl1N
Yesterday there was not just one, but two birthdays for the Stars. First up is captain Jamie Benn!
Happy birthday, Captain! @jamiebenn14 pic.twitter.com/5nYEcGWXKw— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 18, 2019
Second, we can sadly no longer call Miro Heiskanen a teenage prodigy:
No longer a teenager, still an unbelievable hockey player.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 18, 2019
Have a pretty good 20th birthday, @HeiskanenMiro! pic.twitter.com/hkWvLcjIpP
Around the League
Watch out China, here comes party machine Alex Ovechkin!
"It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China." - @ovi8 https://t.co/yz1Zh8ahc2— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 18, 2019
What’s the opposite of a Sophomore Slump? A Sophomore Stunner?
Andrei Svechnikov is far from the only sophomore primed for a breakout season in 2019-20 – let's take a look at five others ready for a big campaign. https://t.co/aKwYrFxA3M— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) July 18, 2019
The Stars are one of the few teams to drive down cost while increasing their value with their additions and subtractions this summer:
It's been a busy offseason in the NHL. But how much better or worse is each team? @domluszczyszyn with a breakdown. https://t.co/l2DrOZ1jpI— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) July 19, 2019
It’s official: Ron Francis is the first General Manager of the Seattle Something-Or-Others:
IT'S OFFICIAL!@RonFrancis10 is the first-ever General Manager in franchise history!— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) July 18, 2019
Get to know the new face of #NHLSeattle → https://t.co/McDVfH5xq9 pic.twitter.com/I9Rx3kyPI5
Finally, this is the best article of the offseason and you can’t tell me otherwise:
From @CJTDevil:— All About the Jersey (@AATJerseyBlog) July 17, 2019
Which Pokemon is Your Favorite #NJDevil? https://t.co/HNpXS1M4Nb pic.twitter.com/pW8mh0CBSB