Dallas Stars Daily Links: What’s Next for the Final Cuts?

Just because they won’t start in the NHL doesn’t mean they won’t end up there this year. Plus, bold predictions for the upcoming season, the Stars’ Winter Classic logo gets revealed, and more.

The Dallas Stars finalized their roster yesterday, first by waiving Joel Hanley and returning Thomas Harley to the OHL, then by sending down Rhett Gardner, Nicholas Caamano, and Jason Robertson.

But just because a player didn’t make the NHL squad for opening night doesn’t mean the door is closed. There’s still a chance for a call-up, especially for the final cuts:

“These players did a good job in training camp, and we want them to know that we’re going to be monitoring what they’re doing, and they’ve got to go earn their way back here,” [head coach Jim] Montgomery said.

With the exception of Harley, all of the listed players will be with the Texas Stars this Fall — assuming Hanley clears waivers. So what can they do in the AHL to catch the eyes of the Dallas coaching staff?

“It’s confidence that comes from the drive,” Montgomery said, explaining how one leads to another. “If you win one-on-one battles, and you have the puck more, you’re like, ‘I can do this,’ and then you start doing it. Then your confidence comes and you’re helping the Dallas Stars win hockey games.”

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Here’s what the head coach has to say heading into the Stars’ final preseason game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche:

Snow on the day of the Winter Classic? That might just be the boldest prediction Saad Yousuf has made here:

Speaking of which, looks like the Stars’ logo for the Winter Classic has been revealed:

Around the League

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Jonathan Drouin probably isn’t on the trading block for the Montreal Canadiens, but if he is... should he be?

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Down Goes Brown takes a look at the (first) NHL lockout 25 years ago and ponders all of the potential “what if”s :

Finally, back-to-back Stanley Cups are rare in the NHL, but the St. Louis Blues have confidence they can do it: