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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Tyler Seguin is tearing it up on the road this season. He leads the league with 20 points in 12 road games, including 11 of his 13 goals this season. On Saturday, he started the Stars’ four-game road trip off on the right skate when he popped in the overtime winner against Minnesota.
It was the kind of thing that has happened to him on the road more this season, where he received a perfect pass from linemate Jamie Benn, and he pretty much had to shoot. At home, he has tried to be more cautious, more selective, but things have just clicked on the road.
“I think maybe I shoot the puck more on the road, it is a simpler game,” Seguin said. “Honestly, though, it really doesn’t seem that different to me. I think maybe they’re just going in on the road.”
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Colaiacovo was still in the hospital when the Sabres left Bridgestone Arena.
"Carlo's doing OK," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He got the cross-check to the throat. He did go to the hospital, is there now. I guess they're saying he's got a dented trachea right now but OK.
"I don't think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check, but they kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it's a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo's neck."
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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
The Wild lost at home when leading by three goals in the third for the first time since Jan. 31, 2012 vs. Nashville (lost 5-4 in regulation). The last time the Wild allowed three third-period goals in a loss/OT/shootout loss at home was Dec. 29, 2013, vs. the Islanders.
Those two previous notes are according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
This was the Wild’s first blown three-goal lead at home for a loss since March 11, 2014 (vs. Edmonton, up 3-0 in the first, lost in a shootout, 4-3). And I’m sure you remember, this is the first blown three-goal lead for a loss overall since Oct. 27, 2014, at the Rangers (up 3-0 in the third, lost 5-4).
If you thought Yeo ripped into the team after Friday’s loss to Winnipeg, that was nothing compared tonight.
Mike Yeo post-game...
Why? Watch below...
Dallas did win the game 3-2 over Washington.
from the Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Stars insider Mike Heika recently held a chat. Here are some highlights:
Question: So the Stars appear to be the real deal and come the trade deadline, is there any position in particular you would look to strengthen? Any early names you'd target?
Heika: If Boston is open to it and hasn't re-signed Loui Eriksson, I think he would be a player that would be a good fit as a rental. (although making that deal after the Seguin trade might be tough to pull off). If San Jose or Vancouver is struggling, I'd inquire about Brent Burns or Alex Edler and put up some of the young guns as bait. That's just barstool talk, but now I can say that I said it first if it ever happens.
more on the Stars...
Klingberg has 4 goals and 16 assists...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The John Klingberg-for-Norris Trophy campaign might be starting in the stands at American Airlines Center or in fan message boards around town, but not in the Stars' locker room.
The sophomore sensation had a goal and two assists Saturday to lead a 3-2 overtime victory against the Minnesota Wild and expand his NHL lead in scoring by defensemen to 20 points in 18 games. However, he said he's not even thinking about the Norris, give to the best defenseman in the NHL.
"No, not at all, it's way too early," said Klingberg, who is now tied for fourth overall in NHL scoring. "I'm just glad the team is winning and I'm playing well."
Those two statements are definitely true. Dallas moved to 14-4-0, the best start in franchise history after 18 games, and moved one more point ahead of the red-hot Wild, who fell to 10-3-3. And Klingberg was exceptional on Saturday.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
In this salary-cap era where teams are focused on building through the draft and maintaining long-range development plans, you could argue that the Stars are bucking that trend.
Since he took the reins in Dallas in 2013, you could call Nill Trader Jim if you wanted. He’s pulled the trigger on three blockbuster deals, adding Spezza from Ottawa, Seguin, the NHL’s leading scorer, from Boston and this past summer, forward Patrick Sharp and defenceman Johnny Oduya from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Nill simply believes he capitalized on a series of fortunate circumstances, one of them being they were a team rich in prospects.
“Our scouts had done a good job,” Nill said. “We had a lot of assets and we had cap room.
“It’s no secret when you look around the league that there are teams that are going to be in cap trouble. We just happen to have the right pieces to the puzzle that those teams needed and we made it work for us.”
“I think looking back, we probably could have done some things differently with Tyler. You’ve got a young kid coming in, maybe we could have handled his living arrangements a little different and stuff like that, that we’ve talked about over the years. It’s something we certainly are addressing currently, and in the future we will continue to address.”
-Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins on Tyler Seguin. More at CBSBoston.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Only two-plus seasons in, trading Tyler Seguin looks like a horrible mistake. The Dallas superstar, who is still only 23, could have 10-plus more years to compound the pain of a regrettable deal.
There is no questioning Seguin’s talent. Not after a three-goal, six-shot eruption at TD Garden on Tuesday that led the Stars to a 5-3 win. The ex-Bruin is one of the most skilled players in the league — a flammable package of speed, hands, creativity, and predatory offensive instincts.
That he’s doing this for another team didn’t have to happen.
“It’s just in the past now,” Seguin said of the prospect of being a lifelong Bruin. “I’ve moved on. I’m loving living in Dallas. I’m loving being a Dallas Star.”
Seguin didn’t want to leave. He planted roots in friendships with former linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron that will last forever.
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