Dallas Stars Daily Links: Andrew Cogliano Wants To Get Back In The Game

“Very doubtful” for tonight, the NHL’s ironman is impatient to return for a crucial stretch run. Plus, a coach’s challenge update and other news from the GM meeting, and more.

Andrew Cogliano has played NHL hockey for 12 seasons, and he now finds himself in a position entirely unfamiliar to him. He had never missed a game until a sketchy hit from Ryan Reaves last week. Now he will almost certainly miss his third in a row tonight against the New York Rangers.

Mark Stepneski talked with the Dallas Stars forward about the injury that ended his streak of 830 consecutive games played:

“Brutal. Brutal. It sucks,” Cogliano said of sitting out the last two games. “I’ve been out once in my career -- two games to a stupid suspension, in my opinion. But it’s not fun this time of the year. These are the games you want to play in; these are the games you want to be in the battle. You want to be competing as hard as you can.

“It sucked, to be honest, to sit out and watch the guys play, but I think they did a good job and that made it a lot easier knowing that we got a couple of big wins and guys played really well. Now it’s about getting myself back and adding to what the guys have created the last little bit.”

Mark has more, including practice updates from yesterday. [Stars Inside Edge]

Stars Stuff

It’s Military Appreciation Night as the Stars begin an important home stand. Don’t forget to pick up your camo hat!

The Victory Green gang posted their own tribute to the late, great Ted Lindsay yesterday.

And on a much happier note, they wished a happy March 4th birthday to Valeri Nichushkin.

Around The League(s)

It was all quiet in the #MurderDeathKill Division last night, so let’s get to the other headlines:

Tyler Ennis scored his first career hat trick as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Calgary Flames.

And the Buffalo Sabres could ill afford to lose to the Edmonton Oilers last night – they have their hands full with the suddenly scary Atlantic Division.

HOW did Jason Pominville block his own goal – the one that could have ensured OT?

The San Jose Sharks are in a great playoff position, and they want to make sure Erik Karlsson is around to help keep it that way.

Sweeping changes have already worked – so this week’s NHL GM meeting will focus on details like giving league officials the final call on the coach’s challenge, writes Dan Rosen.

CBC Sports asks if fans think the game is in the “really good place” GMs describe.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

If you’re in Austin Metro, take note of tonight’s official watch party. The Texas Stars take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m.

LW Spencer Naas is returning to Boise just in time for a three-game home stand this weekend.


The Humboldt Broncos saga continues as the last surviving player is released from the hospital. Best wishes, Morgan Gobeil.