Dallas Stars Daily Links: Benn Improving His Skating

Could Benn’s greatest weakness become... less weak? Plus, injury updates from last night’s loss, Alex Debrincat signs an extension, and more.

As most Dallas Stars fans are aware of by now, Jamie Benn isn’t exactly the smoothest skater. In an effort to improve his footwork, the Stars’ captain spent the last summer working with Luke Chilcott, a former professional figure skater. It’s the first time Benn has worked with a skating coach over the offseason, and he has nothing but glowing remarks for Chilcott:

“He knows how to communicate with all different types of people and personalities. He’s also a heck of a skater and a good teacher... Kind of can’t believe we didn’t have him out here before... maybe we should have found him four or five years ago.”

Chilcott, who first moved to Texas when he was 15, is still fairly new to coaching. He has some experience working with the San Jose Sharks, and will be spending the upcoming season working with various Stars players from time to time. Chilcott hopes that his work with Dallas will open up even more opportunities for him:

“That’s a huge confidence boost when the captain of the Dallas Stars says he wants you to help him with skating,” Chilcott said. “Jamie’s really the first part of what really my goal was. I always wanted to get to the point where someone in Canada might say, ‘I need help with my skating, can I fly down to Dallas for a week?’ This has opened opportunities, especially if he likes the results.”

You can read more from Sean Shapiro here.

Stars Stories

The Stars lost their home opener against the Boston Bruins last night. Here’s what Jim Montogmery had to say about Game 1:

Here’s Roope Hintz with the Stars’ sole goal of the night, and boy what a beaut it was:

The Stars lost several players due to injury during the game — here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for each of them:

Speaking of which...

Central Census

It was a mixed bag for the Stars’ divisional rivals last night:

  • The Nashville Predators kicked the season off right with a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. [On the Forecheck]
  • Same for the Colorado Avalanche, who proved last year’s playoff series win was not a fluke by beating the Calgary Flames 5-3. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Finally, the Winnipeg Jets managed to score a bunch, but still fell to the New York Rangers 6-4. [Blueshirt Banter]/

Remember how Alex DeBrincat fell to the 2nd round largely because of his size (no pun intended)? Well the Chicago Blackhawks’ star has now inked a 3 year, $6.4M extension:

The Norris Trophy is often voted upon like a “lifetime achievement” award — could this be the year Alex Pietrangelo takes it home?

Dallas prospect Albin Eriksson is catching Corey Pronman’s eye early this hockey season:

Someone please give Lias Andersson a hug:

Someone please tell me why Jaromir Jagr isn’t still in the NHL. I mean have you seen the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup?

Speaking of the Oilers, Adam Larsson is going to miss a couple of months, because Edmonton can’t catch a break: