No longer in control of their playoff aspirations, Dallas faces some difficult questions down the stretch. Plus, the U18 Men’s World Championship marches on, Seattle becomes an official team, and more.
The Dallas Stars are not eliminated from playoff contention. But after Saturday’s overtime loss to the Nashville Predators, they are no longer in control of their own destiny. To put it bluntly, their playoff hopes appear bleak.
That puts the Stars in a difficult position for the next five games when it comes to player usage. For instance, is it even worth dressing Tyler Seguin at this point?
His return would undoubtedly help the Stars, but Seguin may not be enough to get the Stars four wins in five games, especially with Denis Gurianov (upper body) and Jason Dickinson (lower body) injured as well.
Seguin would probably need a couple of games to shake the rust off since he hasn’t played since Game 6 of the Cup Final more than seven months ago, so would shutting him down for the season make the most sense long-term?
The Stars also have the option of recalling some of their AHL standouts to finish the NHL season, giving them a solid look of how NHL-ready they are:
Riley Damiani and Adam Mascherin have had standout seasons in the AHL, and Thomas Harley can’t burn a year of his entry-level contract by finishing the season in Dallas. The Stars have used only one of their four non-emergency recalls allowed after the trade deadline, meaning they still have three available if they chose to utilize them.
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Saad Yousuf takes a deep look at the loss and it’s implications for Dallas:
Instead of improving playoff odds, Stars show they’re a team in need of help https://t.co/1DTW2waLVR
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) May 2, 2021
In brighter news, the Stars are playing excellent hosts for the World Championship:
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) May 3, 2021
For better or worse, there’s never a dull day in Brad Albert’s tenure as CEO for the Dallas Stars:
From @CherylHall_DMN, Dallas Stars CEO lands his dream job in a nightmare scenario: Brad Alberts is staying in the moment, hoping for a return to normal next season and establishing himself as a business power player in the hockey industry. https://t.co/7bIzciGCv6
— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) May 3, 2021
Around the League
With many draft-eligible players having not played meaningful hockey in the past year-plus, several are taking matters into their own hands:
It started as a joke, what if we just ran our own showcase? But then they started to think about, and took action. How a showcase put together by OHLers Andrew Perrot, Ryan Beck, Ryan Humphrey and Brendan Hoffman came together and how it could save careers https://t.co/FTEwrovj5w
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 3, 2021
Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been placed on leave by the club:
The Vancouver Canucks placed right wing Jake Virtanen on leave Saturday following allegations of sexual misconduct.https://t.co/nnlGig5siC
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 1, 2021
Finally, the Seattle Kraken have made their final payment are now officially the NHL’s 32nd team:
The Seattle Kraken are officially an NHL team. Now what?@ryan_s_clark has the latest on plans for the July 21 expansion draft, a made-for-TV production that could be staged at multiple locations around the Pacific Northwest ⤵️https://t.co/NSZbxtWxs5
— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 1, 2021