Dallas Stars Daily Links: Take a Bow, Jason Robertson

Jason Robertson has been on fire lately, including four points in last night’s win. Plus, the NHL trade market, ESPN secures one-half of the NHL’s new media rights deal, and more.

Yesterday, Jason Robertson was the subject of Links thanks to his impressive performance thus far this season. He then went on to score a team leading four points (four assists) against the Chicago Blackhawks, so screw it, I’m making him today’s subject as well.

Although he had a slow start to the season, one that resulted in five healthy scratches, Robertson has been on fire the past 13 games. According to the rookie, it’s largely due to simply feeling more confident the more games he plays:

“When I feel more confident, I can make more poised plays,” Robertson said. “Whether that be pulling up, or trying to lead a weakside defenseman up the ice in the breakouts. Going forward, it helps offensively and defensively. I try to work on the transition game and providing offense.”

The rest of the Dallas Stars have taken notice. Rick Bowness has referred to Robertson as the team’s most improved player, and he’s made quite the impression on veterans such as John Klingberg:

“He’s taking strides every day,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg said. “I feel like he’s getting more comfortable around the guys as well. You can tell that he’s got confidence out there on the ice as well. We know he’s a very skilled player. What I like from him right now, it seems like he’s playing with a lot of poise and the puck seems to find him. He’s a smart player.”

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.

Stars Stories

There’s more quotes about Jason Robertson, as well as notes from the rest of the Stars’ win, from Saad Yousuf:

And here’s Robertson’s full game presser:

Oh alright, I’ll talk about some other players now. Here’s Jamie Benn, who notched career point number 700 last night:

And here’s new dad John Klingberg, who scored a goal for his baby daughter, Elsa:

Around the League

The rest of the Central Division also took the ice last night:

  • The Carolina Hurricanes edged out the Nashville Predators in overtime, winning 3-2. [Canes Country]
  • Same thing with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who needed the extra inning to take care of the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. [Raw Charge]
  • And the other top division team won as well, surprise surprise — the Florida Panthers won 4-2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Litter Box Cats]/

The Trade Deadline approaches, and so teams have some tough decisions to make:

Reminder that the players who will be getting traded are people too:

As COVID-19 vaccinations start to become available for more and more people, the NHL has so far opted to not track which of their players get vaccinated:

As expected for quite some time, ESPN will carry at least one half of the NHL’s new media rights deal:

Finally, a long but important read about diversity and inclusivity in hockey: