Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stephen Johns’ Next Journey

Now retired from ice hockey, the Johns has decided to skate across the country to raise mental health awareness. Plus, contract extensions across the league, breaking down the upcoming UFA class, and more.

This past Sunday, Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns announced his retirement from ice hockey. Along with it, he told the world what he planned to do next: skate across the country to raise awareness for mental illness.

It all started when he watched a music video, featuring the singer walking across the country. That inspired him to do the same thing, only on roller skates:

“It was crazy,” Johns said. “But it’s what I wanted to do. I had something I wanted to do.”

Former Stars employee Jeff Toates is accompanying Johns on his journey, shooting footage to make a documentary of the journey. But the story has already begun to pick up attention on social media — Johns has already been recognized by one person due to his initial post:

“Maybe I was always meant to be more than a hockey player,” Johns said. “Maybe this is how I can have an impact.”

You can read more from Sean Shapiro here.

Around the League

The dream of an “ultimate ultimate loser” is dead, as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2:

Speaking of Vegas, this sure seems familiar:

Jason Spezza is sticking with the Toronto Maple Leafs for another year:

Speaking of extensions, Rod Brind’Amour is also staying put with the Carolina Hurricanes:

The annual NHLPA Player’s Poll is out, with some interesting results:

Jack Eichel is expected to be traded this offseason, but to whom? And for what?

It what is surely a monumental occasion, the annual GM of the Year finalists are not all GM’s of current semi-finalist teams:

Here’s a sneak peak at the upcoming UFA class:


Speaking of UFA’s, I’m just gonna leave this here...