Dallas Stars Daily Links: Don't Forget to Have Patience and Perspective, Says Mike Heika

Fans may hate losing, but it's important to remember that the Stars can't win 'em all. Plus, Valeri Nichushkin talks about his season, and Brandon Prust is not sorry about that whole spearing incident.

When the Dallas Stars lose—or when any team you love loses, for that matter—it's easy to be disappointed, or angry, or that person on Twitter who's maybe overreacting. (Maybe.) We've all been there. But it's important that when those defeats inevitably arrive, we remember to have some perspective and patience. Mike Heika tells us why.

Jamie Benn dances in shorthanded, and we want to use the highlight as reason he should be this year's Hart Trophy winner. Taylor Hall _ the very talented first overall pick in 2010_ dances Patrik Nemeth, and we want to use the highlight as a reason Nemeth should come out of the lineup. I get it, perspective means everything, but it's not the worst idea to see things through someone else's eyes.

After all, Heika says, there's not that much of a difference between this year's team and last year's, but it's that "little bit" that's meant a franchise-best start to the season.

That's where this thing comes full circle. They do hear your calls, they do understand the urgency, you aren't pushing them harder than they are pushing themselves. It's just that they are looking at this picture in bigger terms...more than just one game or one play.

And that's why they can appreciate a game like Friday's.

To gain even more perspective on the season, check out the rest of Heika's thoughts at the link. [SportsDayDFW]


After the Stars' 4-2 win over the Canucks on Thursday, Valeri Nichushkin chatted with Russian site championat.com about the season, his teammates, and the Olympics. The Hockey Writers ' Alessandro Seren Rosso translated the interview for those of us not fluent in Russian, and it's definitely worth a read. [THW]

Dallas' newest Stars—Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya, and Antti Niemi—are promoting a "defense first" attitude in the Big D. [SportsDayDFW]

Patrick Kane extended his point streak to a franchise-record 22 games in the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Jets last night. [NHL]

If you thought Canucks forward Brandon Prust would feel a little sorry for spearing Boston's Brad Marchand, you thought wrong.

It's been a rough few days for former Stars players. After an awkward crash into the boards, Steve Ott will undergo hamstring surgery and miss at least three months for the Blues. [Blues]

In Chicago, Trevor Daley was involved in a scary-looking collision with Jets forward Chris Thorburn. Although a stretcher was brought out, he made it off the ice with help from team trainers. Well-wishes to both Otter and Dales.

Here's why NHL success isn't the cards for some prospects, even if they did well at world juniors. [Sportsnet]

The NHL is home to some great arenas, but none of them offer the sort of views that you'd find playing at 5,500 feet. [The New York Times]

This save by Mike Condon probably caused a few double-takes from Canadiens fans. Nope, Carey Price is still out.

Jack Eichel has no time for your McDavid/Eichel debate. [Sportsnet]

The Coyotes claimed forward Viktor Tikhonov—a 2008 first-round draft pick of theirs—off waivers from the Blackhawks. [Five for Howling]

How do you solve a problem like a struggling Sidney Crosby? [Sportsnet]

And finally, your Bud Light Frozen Moment for this week features none other than Valeri Nichushkin.