Dallas Stars Daily Links: Deck the Halls

Could Taylor Hall end up as a present for the Stars this holiday season? Plus, tonight’s a rematch against Winnipeg, former Stars make the highlight reels, and more.

With the New Jersey Devils heading towards potentially another 1st overall pick, Taylor Hall has picked up a lot of steam as a major trade candidate. Wes made the case for the Dallas Stars trading for Hall earlier this week, and now the Stars crew over at The Athletic have taken a crack at it in a roundtable discussion:

Considering Hall’s talent, I don’t foresee him having any issues integrating into Jim Montgomery’s system. Off the ice and in the locker room, this would undoubtedly be a major plus. If acquiring Mats Zuccarello was a message that the front office is all-in on the championship window right now, Hall would do the same in an amplified form.

Of course, there are several issues with a Hall trade for Dallas. Not only would it come at an extremely high price, but it would likely strictly as a rental, as squeezing Hall in under the cap would be a problem for future seasons:

The market is going to be too rich, and the Stars don’t have the draft picks to afford the buy-in for a seat at the table. It would certainly be a fun transaction and an exciting one for this season. But given the long-term implications, Dallas doesn’t make much sense as a trade partner for the Devils when it comes to Hall.

You can read more about what Sean Shapiro, Saad Yousuf, and Bob Sturm have to say about the topic here.

Stars Stories

It’s gameday! Dallas will try and get revenge against the Winnipeg Jets tonight after their embarrassing loss on Tuesday:

Everyone ready for the inevitable Patrik Laine goal?

Missed out on Winter Classic tickets? There’s still a chance to go:

Central Census

In a battle between recent Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins prevailed 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues. [Pensburgh]

One of the Penguins’ goals came courtesy of Plano-native Stefan Noesen, who joined Dallas on a PTO this preseason and recently signed an NHL deal with Pittsburgh:

Speaking of former Stars scoring goals, check out this beauty from Valeri Nichushkin:

That ended being the game-winner for the Colorado Avalanche, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. [Mile High Hockey]

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