Dallas Stars

PHT Morning Skate: Seguin shows his support for Tom Brady

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tyler Seguin is supporting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following his Deflategate suspension. (Dallas Morning News)

If each team had its own Mount Rushmore, who would be on them? (New York Post)

Miles Koules looks to Liam O’Brien for inspiration as the undrafted forward aims to fight his way onto the Washington Capitals’ roster. (CSN Washington)

Corey Crawford brought the Stanley Cup to his old high school. (Puck Daddy)

Jeremy Roenick expects Jakub Voracek to continue to excel after setting a new career high with 81 points in 82 games last season. (CSN Philly)

Viktor Tikhonov, who is making the move from the KHL to Chicago Blackhawks, sees “pluses and minuses” to being a part of a famous hockey lineage. (Chicago Tribune)

Peverley’s future still looks cloudy, says agent

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Rich Peverley is “still undecided about his future,” according to what his agent Allain Roy told the Boston Globe.

Back in mid-May, the word was that he could still play, although it sounded like the 33-year-old would need to jump through a few hoops to do so. He’s been sidelined since March 2014 after a frightening “cardiac incident.”

Peverley’s three-year, $9.75 million contract expired this summer, with his salary ending at $3.375 million in 2014-15.

One wonders if a team – whether it be the Dallas Stars or someone else – would want to take on the risk of Peverley suffering from another heart-related issue.

There may be some time until the versatile foward would get an answer, anyway, at least if he doesn’t want to make the retirement call himself. We’re at the point in free agency where many hopefuls are likely pondering the unpleasant thought of training camp tryouts and other late fixes.

The odds seem long, but there’s no shame in Peverley refusing to leave any rock un-turned, either.

(H/T to Puck Daddy.)

Stars have ‘high expectations’ for Nichushkin after 2014-15 season disrupted with hip injury

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The Dallas Stars have been busy this summer. However, one of the players they seem to feel so optimistic about heading into the 2015-16 season comes from within their organization.

Valeri Nichushkin, 20, showed plenty of potential in his rookie season with the Stars two seasons ago, scoring 14 goals and 34 points in 79 games. But last season, he played in only eight games and recorded only a single assist.

A hip injury that required surgery greatly disrupted his sophomore season, keeping him out of the Stars lineup from early in November until the beginning of April, when he was recalled for a late push by Dallas to try and make the playoffs.

“We’ve got high expectations for him. He ended up playing in the last four games of the season and it was great to see the chemistry that him Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky,” said Stars GM Jim Nill, via the Dallas Morning News.

“They played together and it was amazing to watch. We’re excited. We think that they could be something special.”

Earlier this week, the Stars signed Johnny Oduya to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. Prior to that, they acquired Patrick Sharp from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ruff talks line options after ‘tremendous’ additions

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Stars coach Lindy Ruff is already thinking about how he’ll use Dallas’ latest additions and there’s no shortage of possibilities.

Dallas recently acquired Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks and then inked unrestricted free agent and former Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year, $7.5 million deal. Combined with the earlier signing of goalie Antti Niemi and the Stars have added plenty of playoff experience.

“It’s really important for us to take that next step. These guys have been winners and know how to win. They should help us get there,” Ruff told the team’s website. “Ownership has really stepped up and said we can make this team better. I’ve got to give Tom [Gaglardi] and his family a lot of credit for making this team better with the last couple of pieces here. It’s been tremendous.”

Ruff could see Sharp being paired up with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on the top line, but he’s also considering going with more of a one-two punch with a top line that features Benn and Seguin followed by a second unit that includes Sharp and Jason Spezza.

Whichever route he decides to take, the potential is certainly there for the Stars to have two significantly more balanced lines than they did last season. Spezza meshed well with Benn and Seguin when the trio played together, but whenever Ruff opted to employ that star studded line, it came at the expense of the team’s offensive depth. That trio were the only Dallas players to record more than 40 points last season while just Benn and Seguin surpassed the 20-goal mark. The addition of Sharp could expand both of those lists.

As for Oduya, Ruff would like to see him play alongside Jason Demers, which would keep the John Klingberg and Alex Goligoski pairing from last season intact.

Dallas fell just short of making the playoffs last season, but even before these additions, there were reasons to believe that the Stars could do better in 2015-16. It certainly didn’t hurt that they finished with a 14-5-0 run.

Related: Lehtonen, Niemi see benefit in splitting goalie duties

PHT Morning Skate: Seguin admits Sharp dethrones him as the sexiest Star

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tyler Seguin on the burning question in Dallas: is Patrick Sharp better looking than he is? (Dallas Morning News)

Former NHL-er (and Calder Trophy winner) Bryan Berard’s story keeps getting sadder. (National Post)

The case for signing Brad Boyes. (TSN)

Enjoy this spirited Q & A with NBC’s beloved Doc Emrick. (Sportsnet)

Update: Frederik Andersen still loves Legos. (The Hockey News)

What it was like for one fan/blogger falling in love with the Detroit Red Wings. (Winging It in Motown)

The AHL provided this handy guide of NHL affiliations, in case you’ve (understandably) had difficulty keeping track of the changes.

This seems like the perfect thing to stare at while you’re not really working on Friday morning.