Dallas Stars Daily Links: How the Stars Signed Gavin Bayreuther

Jim Nill and Rich Peverley both played a role in the college free agent signing. Plus, the Stars play the Canucks tonight, and why smaller players are finding success.

Although we first got the news on Tuesday, the Stars officially announced their signing of college free agent defenseman Gavin Bayreuther yesterday.

Sean Shapiro took a look at what factors contributed to Bayreuther’s decision, including general manager Jim Nill’s visit to St. Lawrence University.

“One of those things that was very impressive to Gavin was that Jim Nill came and watched us practice,” Morris said. “That says volumes when a general manager comes face-to-face like that and that had a big bearing on his decision.”

Rich Peverley’s work with the Stars, a fellow St. Lawrence grad, also had an impact on the decision.

“I should add that Rich, a fellow St. Lawrence grad, being part of the Stars organization helped put his mind at ease,” Morris said. “I’m not sure if they talked directly about it. But Rich has built a great reputation on working with prospects and young players in just a short time in that role.”

And, of course, the lack of snow in Cedar Park and Dallas might have helped.

There’s more on Bayreuther at the link. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Tonight at 9 p.m., the Stars face off against the Canucks.

In the meantime, you can catch up on some Texas Stars news.

The Texas Stars lost 1-0 to the Chicago Wolves in a shootout last night. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

The Stars are partnering with an NAHL team to help promote hockey in Louisiana and the South.

Alex DeBrincat and the rise of smaller players. [Sports Illustrated]

The Blackhawks will be without Artem Anisimov for 3-4 weeks. [Second City Hockey]

Over at The Hockey News, Jared Clinton debates whether Brad Marchand actually has a chance to take home the Hart Trophy. [The Hockey News]

Dustin Byfuglien is confident that the Jets will be a Cup contender for years to come. [Sportsnet]

Kris Draper takes to The Players’ Tribune to write about a famous fight.

Not that the Stars have too much room to judge this season, but just how bad are the Avalanche? [The Hockey News]

Sure, it’s all about Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews, but don’t write off Matt Murray in the Calder Trophy race. [TSN]

The USWNT will boycott the IIHF World Championship unless progress is made regarding fair wages and support from USA Hockey. [ESPNW]

And finally, Brenden Dillon is a pretty nice guy.