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Stephen Johns Reveals A Battle With Depression

from Scott Bell of the Dallas Morning News,

While Johns spoke about his return to the ice, he had waited to go in-depth and open up about his return to hockey until Tuesday, when he detailed the battle in an interview with The Athletic.

Johns told The Athletic that part of his journey back to the ice included severe bouts with depression, which included sitting in his bed and composing suicide notes in his head.

“I would wake up at 4 in the morning and think about it more, then I would take some anxiety medicine during the day to take a nap and it just put me into a vicious cycle,” Johns said. “I wasn’t really eating, I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t doing anything. … It took me a long time to escape that cycle of thinking those horrible things.”

He credited his girlfriend, Taylor Zakarin, as well as support from the Stars organization in helping make his comeback a reality. The Stars allowed him space during the 2018-2019 season, but also did a good job of finding a balance between keeping him engaged with the team and not pressuring him to return too quickly.

Stars general manager Jim Nill encouraged Johns to attend team meetings, skate more often and be around the team on game day. He also started attending team social functions again.


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Video- A Sit Down With Jim Montgomery

via TSN's YouTube page,

Former Stars head coach Jim Montgomery joined TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun to talk about how he has shifted his focus to his sobriety and recovery since being fired by Dallas. Montgomery also explained why he believes the team was correct to let him go and opened up about his issues with alcohol and when they began.


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Jim Nill With Draft Thoughts

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

As far as an early draft, Nill said he was flexible but would prefer a draft after the season given all the unknown moving parts typically involved with a draft day.

“The No. 1 part of the draft is drafting the next group of best players in the world, but there’s a lot of other business that goes with it,” Nill said. “I think it’s hard to do those parts of the business until you’ve had an end to the regular season and the playoffs. That’s my only concern, it’s a concern of the whole league is how do we get through that? There’s trades that are made at the draft. The draft is really the start of when you build your team for next season. How can you do that when you haven’t finished the season, haven’t had the playoffs? There are draft picks involved contingent on how teams do in the playoffs and how teams finish, whether they make the playoffs.”

Nill said the Stars’ scouting department has continued to watch videos of draft prospects to build their draft board.

“But there are no perfect scenarios,” Nill said. “We’re in a new world. If the league thinks it’s better to do it in June, we’ll have to do it in June, and we’ll live with that decision.”

more on the Stars, including how the NHL would want another round of training camps to work...

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Jim Lites And Jim Nill Take A Pay Cut To Help Others In The Organization

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars CEO Jim Lites and general manager Jim Nill have taken 50% pay cuts retroactive to the NHL’s suspension on March 12, in an attempt to help alleviate financial stress on the organization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Jim and I feel a responsibility to be leaders of our team and our group,” Lites told The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. “The Gaglardis have been really good to us, they’ve always said yes to us on things we’ve needed to do to build the franchise. I feel a personal thanks to them, they’ve been really good to both of us.”

Nill said: “This situation we’re in is affecting everybody. There’s nobody going unscathed. I just think I’m fortunate enough at my age and where I’m at in my career to able to help some other people out. First of all, Tom Gaglardi has been very supportive of me, given me all the tools I need to work with. I know that his parent company is going through a tough time. He’s in the hotel/restaurant business and it’s been hit hard.

“So I know they’ve had to make sacrifices up there and so can I help him out a little bit that way? And then for our organization. I know we’re making decisions on people, and by myself and Jimmy Lites making some sacrifices, does that help some other people down the food chain?”

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Video- Jamie Benn With A Bad Hit

Five for boarding and a game misconduct.


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Are The Dallas Stars A Serious Cup Contender?

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

Twenty years feels like a long enough time to wait for a return to the Stanley Cup Final. And the Dallas Stars — a team that was in disarray in October and lost its coach in December — seem determined to do something about it.

In the last 10 days, the Stars have ended a disastrous dry spell against St. Louis, picked up a hat trick from Jamie Benn against Carolina and then rolled through Canada to collect five of a possible six points to tie the Blues for the top spot in the Western Conference. Is there any reason to think this club can’t keep taking those steps up the ladder and play right into June?

Yes, it has been 21 years since the Stars paraded through the streets of downtown following their win over Buffalo. A year later they were upset in the final by New Jersey, enduring a double-overtime Game 6 loss at home. You knew the days of Reunion Arena were numbered that night, but who knew the Stars would undergo their own sort of wrecking ball?

Last spring’s battle with St. Louis that carried all the way to double overtime of Game 7 re-established the Stars as a credible team, a capable pursuer of the Cup. What’s different this year is there has been no shouting from inside management (or outside as far as one can tell) about the lack of scoring from Benn and Tyler Seguin.


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Evening Line- Claude Julien

Game highlights are below.  Montreal lost 4-3 to Dallas in OT.



added 12:31am on 2/16/20, Watch Julien below.

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Video- Corey Perry Being Corey Perry


Watch the play below in two versions, one edited for langiage, the other one raw.

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Jared Bednar Says The Dallas Stars Cheat In The Faceoff Circle

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Dallas Stars’ top forwards are cheaters, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

“They’ve got veteran centermen in (Joe) Pavelski, (Jamie) Benn, (Tyler) Seguin and they cheat. They cheat on the faceoffs,” Bednar said Wednesday, the day after Dallas used a questionable faceoff to beat the Avs 3-2 in overtime at the Pepsi Center.

To be fair, Bednar insinuated that all NHL teams, including his, try to push the rules to win faceoffs.

“They’re doing a better job of cheating on it than we are,” Bednar said. “We don’t feel like the linesmen we’re doing a good enough job (Tuesday), sort of holding (the respective teams) accountable to make it a level playing field on the faceoffs.”


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Videos- The San Jose Sharks Welcome Back Joe Pavelski

From the Dallas side.



Below, the tribute video from the San Jose Sharks.

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