Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/20/11 at 09:27 AM ET
from Mark Stepneski of Andrew’s Stars Page at ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth,
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk’s signing of Sheldon Souray was seen as a gamble by some, but a couple weeks into the season the move is paying some nice dividends.
Souray’s numbers offer evidence. Through the first six games he’s tied for the team lead in points with five (one goal, four assists) and leads the team with a plus-six rating while playing 20:23 of ice time.
“My feeling is everyone feels like they are coming in with a fresh start. Me for obvious reasons,” said Souray, who spent last season in the American Hockey League. “It seems everyone has come in with a renewed sense of optimism and that’s just made it easier for myself and the other guys to blend in.”
Souray has done more than just blend in with the Stars team first concept. He’s stood out in many ways. His shot, one of the hardest in the game, has made an impact, producing some offense for the Stars. But Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said there’s been more to Souray’s game than just the offensive side of things.
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