Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Long Time Coming

Johns was emotional last night after scoring his first goal in nearly two years. Plus, interviews from last night’s win, the Dustin Byfuglien saga is set to conclude, and more.

Last night, Stephen Johns scored a goal in the NHL for the first time since February 16th, 2018. After battling post-traumatic headaches for roughly 22 months, it was a euphoric moment for the Dallas Stars defenseman:

“I waited a long time, thought a lot about possibly never doing that again,” Johns said. “Helping this team at a crucial moment in the game, I just couldn’t be happier.”

Perhaps it was simply meant to be that he scored tonight — Johns’ parents were in attendance last night, watching him live for the first time in two years. After celebrating with the Stars’ bench, Johns pointed towards his parents in the stands.

“Throughout this whole process, it wasn’t just me going through hell,” Johns said. “As parents, they want to help and for them to be here and see that, I probably know my dad was for sure crying. I’m pretty excited to go see them and give them both a big hug.”

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Stars Stories

Here’s Johns’ full interview after last night’s 5-3 win over the New York Rangers:

Here’s Joe Pavelski, who scored twice on the power play in just 16 seconds:

And here’s Rick Bowness on the team’s performance:

Sean Shapiro talks about Mattias Janmark’s struggle to score and more in his latest Shap Shots:

Look, I appreciate the attitude, but maybe try scoring first for once?

Around the League

In the salary cap era of the NHL, getting depth scoring from low-cost players is a huge advantage for your team:

Something tells me this isn’t going to be a very exciting trade deadline...

After months of speculation, it looks like Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets will be parting ways:

Finally, police investigation has revealed that no, Gritty did not physically assault a child: