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Dallas d-man Johns, acquired in Sharp trade, says he’s ready for the NHL


Patrick Sharp isn’t the only former Blackhawk looking to make his mark in Dallas.

Defensive prospect Stephen Johns, acquired by the Stars two weeks ago in the Sharp deal, is looking to make his big-league debut next season and challenge for a spot on the blueline.

“I am just going to be like every other guy here, battling for a spot, competing and doing whatever I can,” Johns said, per NHL.com. “Personally, I think I am ready, but it’s not up to me.

“I am going to do the best that I can, play the best hockey I can and try to impress them.”

Johns, 23, was held in high regard by the ‘Hawks, who took him 60th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He’s big (6-foot-3, 229 pounds), showed good offensive upside in Rockford this year — 21 points in 51 games, missing time to a knee injury — and garnered some consideration as a darkhorse candidate to step in on Chicago’s defense in the playoffs, following Michal Rozsival‘s season-ending ankle fracture in Round 2.

A broken forearm kept Johns from making that leap, but a new opportunity came calling two weeks ago when he and Sharp were flipped to Dallas for Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.

Dallas’ blueline is hardly set in stone; while the likes of John Klingberg, Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Johnny Oduya are all experienced NHLers, Johns should (theoretically) compete with fellow youngsters Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak, Jyrki Jokipakka and ’14 first-rounder Julius Honka for minutes.

It also remains to be seen where Jordie Benn, who struggled mightily last season, fits into the grand scheme of things.

Stars’ Hemsky can already ‘feel the difference’ from hip surgery

Ales Hemsky

It seems like it’s been all about hype and hip surgeries lately for the Dallas Stars.

Ales Hemsky ranked among those who underwent a procedure recently, joining a group that included Jamie Benn this offseason (while Carl Klingberg and Valeri Nichushkin also went under the knife). The 31-year-old raved about his decision to do so to the Dallas Morning News.

“I can already feel I have more motion,” Hemsky said. “It’s just been two months and I know I have a long way to go, but I can feel the difference.”

Injuries have been an unfortunately common issue during the skilled winger’s career, yet he seemed especially hampered in his first season with the Stars.

Despite playing in a respectable 76 games in 2014-15, he was limited to 11 goals and 32 points. Hemsky seems pretty sure that things will go more smoothly next season, at least physically speaking.

As a wild card for a team hoping to make a significant jump after all of those splashy additions, it’s intriguing to note that Hemsky actually welcomes the pressure for next season.

“It’s nice to have hype,” Hemsky said. “If you don’t have hype, you don’t have passion. I like having the passion and expectations.”

Considering his past as a long-suffering Edmonton Oiler, it’s probably a welcome change … but a healthy season would be a breath of fresh air, as well.

Chiasson wants $2.45M in arbitration, Ottawa counters at $1M

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The Senators and forward Alex Chiasson are nearly $1.5 million dollars apart on salary heading into Thursday’s arbitration hearing.

More, from the Sun:

Numbers confirmed by the Sun reveal the Senators winger will be looking for the arbitrator to grant him a salary of $2.475 million at Thursday’s hearing, while the club will counter with an offer of $1 million.

Although it’s believed the Senators will win the case, there are, of course, no certainties. And if the arbitrator does rule in favour of Chiasson, the club is expected to try and trade him.

Chiasson, 24, was one of the key pieces acquired in last summer’s Jason Spezza trade to Dallas, but had a disappointing inaugural campaign in Ottawa; he scored just 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games, and was a healthy scratch in a pair of the Sens’ opening-round playoff loss to Montreal.

Still, Chiasson is an intriguing player.

At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he has power forward size and showed potential during his rookie campaign in Dallas, scoring 35 points in 79 games during the ’13-14 season, and two more in six playoff appearances.

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

Rich Peverley, Lindy Ruff

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.)