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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Getting Adjusted

Halfway(-ish) into the season, we’re starting to get a better idea of how the Dallas Stars’ free agent acquisitions from this summer fit into the roster. Braden Holtby’s performance has been evident, while some players, such as Luke Glendening and Michael Raffl, have been a  bit more subtle:

“Glendening and [Raffl] have been doing a great job checking with [Radek] Faksa’s line now that we’ve been able to put them together,” [head coach Rick] Bowness said. “They’ve done a wonderful job checking, but they’ve also done a great job on the forecheck and creating more offense.”

Others, such as Ryan Suter and Jani Hakanpaa, have taken a bit more time to get adjusted. But Bowness is confident in his players’ progress:

“It’s never as easy as people think it’ll be, ‘Oh, you’ll sign with a new team and fit right in.’ It takes a while to make that fit like a glove,” Bowness said… “Now [Hakanpaa’s] a huge part of our penalty kill. He’s on our first unit. We trust him against anybody out there. He’s really improved an awful lot in the couple of months since we’ve seen him.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

It feels like “John Klingberg to the Toronto Maple Leafs” has been a discussed trade for the past several years…

The Stars host the Seattle Kraken for the first time in tonight’s matchup:

Around the League

Couple of Central Division games yesterday:

  • The Chicago Blackhawks took down the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. [Second City Hockey]
  • It took overtime, but the Nashville Predators continue to roll with a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. [On the Forecheck]/

The KHL is the latest league to pause thanks to COVID-19 outbreaks:

Does Tyler Seguin have a bad contract? Down Goes Brown takes him and others to salary cap court:

Speaking of potentially bad contracts, Thomas Hertl’s future with the San Jose Sharks hangs in the balance:

Tuuka Rask has officially returned to the Boston Bruins on a one-year deal worth $1M:

In a slightly different type of return, Nicklas Lidstrom has joined the Detroit Red Wings front office:

Let’s keep the return theme going — post-surgery, Jack Eichel is able to practice once again:

Finally, another serious NHL lawsuit on the horizon: