Dallas Stars Daily Links: Deadline Day

Will the Stars make any moves today, or will Jim Nill stand pat? Plus, Dallas beat Chicago yesterday 2-1, an emergency backup goalie beats the Maple Leafs, and more.

Today is the NHL Trade Deadline, which means many hockey fans will have an even harder time than usual staying focused at work on a Monday. While there have been plenty of trades already these past few weeks, there’s no doubt plenty more to come.

So where do the Dallas Stars fit in in all of this? Earlier this month, Taylor made the case for why Dallas would stand pat at the deadline. Last week, Wes leaned towards the same conclusion, though he shot down many of the standard “excuses” for Dallas to not pull the trigger.

In the end, no one really knows what the Stars might do except for General Manager Jim Nill himself. So while it’s unlikely Dallas makes a huge blockbuster deal today, no one will blame you if you check Twitter more often than usual today.

Except maybe your boss — I advise not doing it around them.

Stars Stories

It was a close one, but the Stars pulled out a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night. Here’s what Rick Bowness had to say about the win:

Sean Shapiro and Owen Newkirk talk about the game and traffic in their latest Carcast:

Is this a good thing? I’m not sure this is a good thing:

Oh boy, here we go again:

Central Census

Three other Central teams squared off yesterday in addition to Dallas and Chicago:

  • The Winnipeg Jets fell out of a Wild Card spot (at least temporarily) thanks to a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. [Die By the Blade]
  • Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues continue their quest to lock down the No. 1 seed in the West, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1. [St. Louis Gametime]/

On that note, the Blues have been announced as the Wild’s opponent for the 2021 Winter Classic, giving us yet another Central Division matchup for New Year’s Day:

Old news by this point, but former Star Cody Eakin was traded last Friday by the Vegas Golden Knights to the Winnipeg Jets:

As far as actually recent trades are concerned, the Montreal Canadiens sent Ilya Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals yesterday for a third:

Honestly this is kind of incredible:

Also on the trade front, Mike Green waived his no-trade clause to be sent by the Detroit Red Wings to the Edmonton Oilers:

Not a trade acquisition, but Zach Bogosian has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning following his contract termination by the Buffalo Sabres:

Okay, enough about trades and other types of player movement. By far the biggest story of the weekend was David Ayres, the emergency backup goaltender who won a game with the Carolina Hurricanes:

Keep in mind that Ayres isn’t an emergency backup for Carolina — he was the backup for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ home games, and is actually the Toronto Marlie’s Zamboni driver:

Finally, Alex Ovechkin recently scored his 700th goal. Is the next person to do so even playing currently?