Dallas Stars Daily Links: “F” Stands for “Fun”

Well technically, it’s for “friends who do stuff together.” Plus, why the Stars’ offense is struggling again, tales from Cedar Park, and more.

Yesterday’s practice was a bit unusual for the Dallas Stars’ standards. Rather than running through drills and barking orders, the coaching staff took a step back and let the players run practice. It led to a more laidback atmosphere as the team simply got to enjoy playing some hockey:

“We think that the team is confident, we’re playing well, and sometimes you need to be a kid again,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said of the reason for the off-day fun.

Of course, not everything is fun and games — the Stars are currently riding a three-game losing streak after winning seven in a row. But Dallas still sits in a playoff spot, and Montgomery feels that the team is continuing to improve:

“Our game management is significantly improved…consistency…playing to our identity. Last year when we didn’t play well, it seemed we never had the puck. Now when we have our B-minus games, we still have the puck our share of the game. But the evolution of our game is to be even better at those elements, so that our B-minus games can end up more Ws.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

Here’s a little peek at what practice looked liked:

Where did the offense go? Matthew DeFranks investigates:

Sean Shapiro went to Cedar Park recently, and boy, did he write a great story:

The Stars have some updates about the Winter Classic, including how tailgating is barred for some dumb reason:

Around the League

I’m not sure how to feel about this — the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 last night:

Speaking of Chicago...

Wes isn’t the only one who views Dallas as a possible landing spot for Taylor Hall:

This is both ridiculous and completely understandable:

Corey Pronman gives Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar some love in his recent scouting piece:

Finally, the fact that the New Jersey Devils might even consider this is just downright depressing: