Dallas Stars Daily Links: Roster Shuffling
How will the return of Stephen Johns affect the Stars’ NHL roster? Plus, interviews from last night’s loss, All-Star game news, and more.
ICYMI, Stephen Johns was recalled to the NHL by the Dallas Stars yesterday. He’s still on LTIR for the moment, but his long-awaited return to NHL hockey is finally drawing near.
So how will his inclusion on the roster affect the Stars’ roster? Sean Shapiro expects the team to carry eight defensemen, but notes it won’t change much to start with:
Carrying eight defensemen likely wouldn’t change much of the roster construction since the Stars have typically carried 13 healthy forwards throughout the season — the lone exception coming recently when Corey Perry’s suspension forced other plans.
What it will impact, however, is the Stars’ flexibility with its forward core. And with Joel Kiviranta looking better and better each game he plays in Dallas, the team might be faced with a difficult decision sooner rather than later:
Based on his play, I think he starts to shoehorn himself into a role on the Stars’ fourth line and potentially seizes that spot permanently by the start of the playoffs. It’s not one player he’s edging out, per se — this is a situation where, as the season progresses, Dallas will realize they are a better team with Kiviranta in the lineup.
You can read more from Shapiro’s mailbag here.
More Stars Stuff
It was a sad Thursday evening, as the Stars lost 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabres. Here are Rick Bowness’ post-game comments:
"We needed something else to give us another jump, and we just weren't able to do it."— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) January 17, 2020
Bones thought that the @DallasStars had a good push in the second period, but knew that the team needed something more ⬇️#GoStars pic.twitter.com/ra7TFJYYYG
Next up is Tyler Seguin, who’s just as frustrated as you are by the teams’ first periods:
Tyler Seguin on the slow starts: "We're flirting with fire and we got burned tonight." #BUFvsDAL | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/Y59qn73Y0I— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 17, 2020
And here’s Ben Bishop, a.k.a. the only reason the game was even close:
"Disappointing loss, but we got one more before the break. We're going to have to regroup here, kind of recharge the batteries, and get ready for Minny." - Bish#BUFvsDAL | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/7CKe8x2GKi— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 17, 2020
At least it was a fun thought exercise — Stars General Manager Jim Nill confirmed that the Stars won’t be making another mid-season coaching change:
Jim Nill reiterated that the Stars coaching staff will be the staff through the rest of the season, as he said in December. The team is happy with the 10-4-1 record under Rick Bowness.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 16, 2020
Around the League
Last night was a mixed-bag for the Central division when you throw in Dallas’ loss:
- The Nashville Predators lost 4-2 for the second game in a row, this time courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks. [On the Forecheck]
- Meanwhile the Minnesota Wild managed to snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. [NHL]
- Finally, Valeri Nichushkin scored the game-winner for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. [NHL]/
15 years in the league, 15 seasons with 30+ goals. Are we sure Alex Ovechkin is human?
Make that 25 Hat Tricks for the #Gr8!— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 17, 2020
👉 https://t.co/3GMQfYqVy9#ALLCAPS @Enterprise pic.twitter.com/Jpk4vVR7SJ
The more the NHL promotes women’s hockey the better, I say:
"It’s an opportunity to kind of grab some fans on that side of the aisle.”— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 17, 2020
The Elite Women's 3-on-3 is coming to NHL all-star weekend, and all involved are ready to steal the show.@THNJaredClinton with more:https://t.co/yL2p3DBHkC
Honestly should have just let Gallant stay as the division head coach, imo:
#NHLAllStar Update: @ArizonaCoyotes head coach Rick Tocchet will replace Gerard Gallant as head coach of the Pacific Division at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/j5EBpuOHpJ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 16, 2020
What makes a hockey player a “pest”? Greg Wyshynski discusses:
In today's column, I write about:— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 16, 2020
- 5 essential traits of the NHL pest
- The weirdest aspects of that new 3-on-3 pro league
- Winners/Losers of week, with much more on Ray Shero firing
- Jersey Fouls and Puck Headlines!https://t.co/EfwgRUvdi0
Finally, which NHL Draft class could ice the best starting lineup today? Down Goes Brown ranks them:
Which cap era draft class could produce today’s best six-man lineup? @DownGoesBrown travels down the rabbit hole to find out. https://t.co/VArqQf9Md6— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) January 16, 2020