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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The fact Valeri Nichushkin is the first 18-year-old to play for the Stars since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993 tells you he’s different.
The fact he’s the first Stars rookie to score four points in a game since Jere Lehtinen did it in 1996 tells you he’s gifted.
The fact teammates believe he’s only scratching the surface of his potential tells you he’s special. Maybe very special.
“Val’s play continues to grow. For me that’s really important,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after Nichushkin had a goal and three assists in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. “He made a couple of really good plays on those goals, and physically, he’s been dominating some battles.”
Nichushkin learned the game on Russia’s bigger rinks and only started playing in North America this season. That might have been a factor in his being held to two points and a minus-3 in his first 12 games. Since then, he has 13 points and is plus-12 in the past 15 games.
Early in the first period this afternoon against Dallas.
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 5 minutes, fighting
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 2 minutes, instigator
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, misconduct
The Stars announced Daley will not return and has a lower-body injury.
Bob McKenzie of TSN made his weekly appearance on NHL Live today and discussed Canada's WJC roster, the future of Jack Capuano and the health of Tylyer Seguin.
Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars was involved in a collision with Ilya Bryzgalov which forced the Edmonton goaltender to leave the game.
from the CP at TSN,
"We were just still talking on the bench about, 'OK, it's a tie game. Let's get this thing (under control), stay the course, do that,' and next it's 3-2," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It just went boom, boom. They got the goal, and the crowd got into it, and then the rest is history."
more on the game which Dallas won 6-3...
Here are the three goals by the Stars in 53 seconds...
NBCDFW with the story on Jim and Bekki Nill,
Daniel Sedin called for goalie interference but no penalty.
What did John Tortorella think of the call? Watch below...
from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,
Jim Lites, the Stars president, says he has a handshake agreement with Reaugh on a new deal. Strangis is another story.
Lites and Strangis haven’t talked in months. Lites says he has made an offer. Strangis said he has received nothing in writing and despite repeated requests he’s still waiting.
“I fear that Ralph might decide to go somewhere else,” Lites said over the phone during the Stars Canadian road trip. “I’m patiently waiting for him to come to his senses.”
Said Strangis, in his 24th season with the franchise that he accompanied from Minnesota in 1993, “I always believed I would finish my professional broadcasting career with the Dallas Stars but they’ve made me no written offer. With Razor apparently having been given his extension and Jim making no official offer to me, what conclusion would you draw?”
Back when they were talking, Lites mentioned a salary and a length of contract. Strangis appreciated neither. The conversation became heated.
Strangis remains miffed because he believes Reaugh has for years made more money and again was offered a sweeter deal. He wants to be more equally compensated.
Here are the Seguin goals and Jamie Benn had a great night too, 1 goal, 5 helpers.
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