Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars GM Nill Acquires Ben Bishop’s Rights

Nill pulls the trigger on a goalie deal, Ottawa eliminates the Rangers, NHL Concussion Protocol needs more teeth and P.K. Subban has no idea why Montreal traded him.

Stars GM Jim Nill finally pulled the trigger on a trade to upgrade Dallas goaltending situation. He traded the 4th round pick from Montreal in the Jordie Benn trade to the Los Angeles Kings to obtain the rights for UFA Ben Bishop.

Nill said “Bishop is among the best available. He finished second in the Vezina voting last season and he has a terrific résumé," Nill said. "We are hoping we can get him signed and he can become a big part of our team moving forward."

Bishop who is 6’7”  has ties to the Dallas area, playing for the Texas Tornados of the NAHL and graduating from Frisco High school. He also lives in St. Louis where he often worked with Ken Hitchcock and the Blues during the off season.

"I think we have a good relationship, and I know his teams in St. Louis were tough to play against," Bishop said. "Like I said, I don't want to get ahead of myself, but this looks a lot like the team we had in Tampa when I first got there. There is plenty of firepower to score goals, and the opportunity is there to work on the other areas and improve those areas."

Bishop has some impressive stats during his career with 4 teams, sporting a record of 270-148 record with a career GAA of 2.23 and a .919 save percentage. His play and Hitchcock’s coaching should help the Stars improve on their 29th best GAA on 3.13. (SportsDay DFW)

One of the Bishop’s highlights of his days as a Tornado is a goalie fight.

The Texas Stars were able to defeat Ben Bishop in his days with the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis) back during the 2010-11 season.

It is game 7 tonight for the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers at stake besides a trip to the Western Conference finals vs Nashville, is whether the Stars will get the Ducks 1st round pick if the Ducks win or the middle of the three 2nd round picks the Anaheim has if they lose. The conditional pick was part of the Patrick Eaves trade at the deadline.

The game will be played on the Ducks home ice where they are 1-2 this round. The 1 win being the epic 3 goal comeback in game 5. Working against the Ducks is their game 7 history losing 4 previous ones. (SportsDay DFW)

Patrick Eaves beard is now a work of art. Although he had the beard all season and not just during the playoffs.

Yesterday was former Stars Vernon Fiddler’s birthday.

You can ask Antoine Roussel a question.

The Stars released their 2nd of the the 25 defining moments in Dallas Stars history.

Texas Stars:

Fans can vote for the Texas Stars goal of the year.

There were no Mark Messierlike game 6 guarantees by the New York Rangers as they came out flat and sluggish and were dominated by Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators 4-2. The Sens advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and wait on tonight’s winner in the Pittsburgh vs Washington game 7. (Silver Seven Sens)

During intermission of last night’s game NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the the Buffalo Sabres and NY Rangers will be the 2 teams to play in the 2018 Winter Classic. The game will be played at Citi Field home of the New York Mets (MLB). (SB Nation)

Even though the game is in New York city Buffalo will be the home team. Apparently this is to keep Madison Square Garden’s tax exempt status that would be voided if the Rangers play a home game at another location. (NY Times)

All eyes will be on Ducks goalie John Gibson who was pulled from Game 6 after allowing 3 quick goals. Gibson worked yesterday with Ducks goalie coach Sudarshan Maharaj.

“You reiterate the core things that you’ve put in place all season,” Maharaj said. “We looked at a series of clips. We said, this is technically how we’ll adjust. John has a set routine. He’s confident in it. He likes to see it, deal with it and move on very quickly.” (Orange County Register)

Congrats to NBC Announcer Doc Emrick on his Sports Emmy.

Most fans probably cringed when Sidney Crosby crashed into the boards head first during Game 6 after missing Game 4 with a concussion. He took 9 seconds to get back up while play was still going on. It seems slow to get up is not part of the NHL Concussion Protocol so Crosby was never evaluated. (The Hockey News)

Another team with a poor playoff history is the Washington Capitals who have seen nothing but disappointment during the Alex Ovechkin era. (SBN)

Puck Daddy had his weekly Mailbag session topics include the current points system do the Predators have the best young D corps and who should the Rangers buy out. (Yahoo Sports)

The Hockey News started their Expansion Draft preview by looking at teams in the Atlantic Division. (THN)

P.K. Subban has no idea on why he was traded from Montreal. (Sportsnet)

Finally Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) Head Coach Tony Granato will receive his diploma this weekend after graduating.