Dallas Stars Daily Links: What Will Jim Nill Do At the Trade Deadline?
Tonight, the Stars play the Coyotes for the first time this season. Plus, John Klingberg is among the league's best defenseman, and Mike Heika speculates on Jim Nill's next move.
With the trade deadline looming, there's been plenty of discussion on what the Stars should (or shouldn't) do to put themselves in a better position to make a playoff run.
Mike Heika speculated on what he thinks Jim Nill's next move will be, pointing to Mattias Janmark—who, Heika reminds us, was considered the second-best prospect in the Erik Cole swap—as a reason why he doesn't think we should expect any blockbuster moves in the Big D.
"We are open to a hockey trade that can help our team, and we are certainly going to be aware of the players available," Nill said of his preparation. "But I think you have to be very careful about trading long-term assets for short-term solutions."
Nill is a wily executive who has pretty much made over the entire Stars roster in his 33 months on the job, so he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big deal. But he also knows that building the youth of the team can bring dividends that last for years.
Heika also mentions the potential impact that the team's UFAs and the Canadian dollar might have. For more on Nill's potential moves, head to the link. [SportsDayDFW]
At 8 p.m. tonight, the Stars will face the Coyotes for the first time this season. [Stars Inside Edge]
ICYMI yesterday, Curtis McKenzie has been reassigned to the Texas Stars. [Stars]
John Klingberg landed on Sportsnet's list of the top-10 defensemen.
Klingberg's lack of work on the penalty kill is a mark against him, however, particularly since he's playing just 23 minutes per game—there's room for him to do more. His even-strength possession metrics are very good, even for Dallas; Klingberg has a 54.8 percent Fenwick rating.
See who else made the cut at the link. [Sportsnet]
Tyler Seguin checked in with the Ticket yesterday, offering updates on his arm laceration and thoughts on how the team has been playing as of late. [BaD]
Controversy continues to surround the Flint Firebirds' season.
Stars prospects Alex Peters and Brent Moran are on the Flint Firebirds Peters is the captain of the team. A mess. https://t.co/m7WoJje5Jx— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) February 17, 2016
The Stars are playing their way back to the top of the power rankings—TSN has them in the No. 2 spot behind Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. [TSN]
Because you can never have too many reminders that the Stars ended up with Tyler Seguin instead of Vincent Lecavalier. [The Hockey Writers]
That whole "John Scott's getting a movie" thing was no joke, and it could be happening sooner rather than later. [CBS Sports]
Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension has been upheld.
Commissioner Bettman upholds 20-game suspension for @NHLFlames Dennis Wideman. pic.twitter.com/0MunWLFuzg— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 17, 2016
From the Canadiens' continuing struggle to Jordan Eberle's future with the Oilers, Elliotte Friedman has 30 Thoughts that you can spend this morning ruminating on. [Sportsnet]
Flames goalie Karri Ramo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. [TSN]
Here's Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog doing fancy hockey things.
The hockey community has rallied around 15-year-old Josh Karels, who continues to hit the ice despite a terminal illness. [Kare 11]
Sean McIndoe names the players who always seemed to be traded for Hall of Famers. [The Hockey News]
The race to the bottom (and to Auston Matthews) is in full swing. [Toronto Sun]
And finally, Ed Belfour is here to help you beef up your hockey memorabilia collection. (Mike Heika suggests you grab something for the upcoming alumni game.)
Ed Belfour is auctioning off a ton of memorabilia â€” including 2002 Olympic gold medal https://t.co/K3R6cL2fK1pic.twitter.com/qaiVyRxj00— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 17, 2016