Dallas Stars

In the hunt: Stars making late playoff push behind Lehtonen’s recent surge

The Dallas Stars have won eight of their last 10 games and are currently riding a three game winning streak. They are undoubtedly playing their best hockey of the season at just the right time.

Yet, the Stars (34-28-10) still remain 6 points behind the Calgary Flames for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The late run has been sparked by the stellar net minding of goalie Kari Lehtonen, who has a 1.98 goals against average (GAA) and a save percentage of .925 in the month of March.

It’s no secret that things haven’t gone to plan for Lehtonen and the Stars this year. Pre-season, the Stars were a hot pick to not only make the playoffs, but to have a decent chance of advancing into the deeper rounds come spring.

“Luck hasn’t been on my side too much this year, so maybe now it’s turned” Lehtonen said after a recent 33-save shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks.

There have been times in which the 31-year-old Finnish goaltender has played well, but the puck still managed to find its way over the wrong side of the goal line.

Other times, Lehtonen’s performance has simply outraged fans and team members alike.

Just last month, Stars’ head coach Lindy Ruff was clearly frustrated with Lehtonen’s play. 

“The goaltending performance doesn’t match the effort of the team,” Ruff remarked after a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. “Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that’s where the frustration is.”

While Ruff is right in saying that Lehtonen has struggled mightily at times this year it is unfair to place the entire blame for the Stars’ lack of achievement on the goalie.

Furthermore, the blame in no way should be put on the offense. The Stars are currently second in the entire NHL with 3.1 goals scored per game.

Rather, it is the Stars’ defensive efforts that have been subpar all season long. The team currently ranks 26th in goals allowed per game at 3.2. While it might be true that the goalie plays a significant part this statistic, so does a team’s defense.

The return of big defenseman Patrick Nemeth from an arm laceration injury that had him out for over 4 months has helped the Stars revamp their depleted blue line.

Nemeth returned on March 3, a 3-2-overtime victory over the New York Islanders. In the 10 games that Nemeth has played since returning, the Stars are only giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game, almost an entire goal lower than their season long average of 3.2.

More experience for defensive rookies John Klingberg and Jyrki Jokipakka has also been instrumental to the Stars’ improved play recently. The duo has been playing far better of late than they did early on in the year.

With little surprise, Lehtonen attributes his recent success to a total team effort. “We’ve been working a little bit on being more aggressive when there’s traffic,” Lehtonen said. “That’s been working pretty good.” 

When the team plays better defensively in front of Lehtonen, it is easier for the big Fin to see the puck more clearly. And when Lehtonen is seeing the puck well, it leads to the superb play we have seen from him of late.

With only nine games left in the season and no control over what the teams in front of them in the standings accomplish, the Stars certainly need to help Lehtonen continue his exceptional performance.

If they don’t, expect to see the Stars watching at home during the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven years. 

Austin Spurs find themselves while Stars continue to struggle

After a difficult start to the last week, the Austin Spurs bounced back on Thursday night beating the Reno Bighorns, 112-104. 

Trailing at halftime 59-50, the Spurs stormed back in the third quarter outscoring and out rebounding the Bighorns, 37-25 and 56-37, respectively, to give them a lead they would hang on to.   

Jonathan Simmons scored 24 points for the Spurs as Kyle Anderson recording his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. 

Austin’s Orlando Johnson nearly finished with a triple double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.

Previously in the week, the Spurs’ nine-game win streak came to an end Tuesday losing to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 109-94. Five Warriors scored in double digits, led by Elliot Williams with 30 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds.

James Michael McAdoo, rookie out of North Carolina, broke out by scoring 29 points on 12 of 15 shooting, eight rebounds, and three blocks. 

Erik Murphy for the Spurs tallied 31 points and 19 points and Johnson scored 21 points.  The Spurs, however, were trying to adjust after losing guard Bryce Cotton to a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz.

On Saturday, the Spurs began their six-game week with a win against the Texas Legends while they continued their streak with another victory Monday Westchester.

However, last week was even more difficult for the Texas Stars after losing forward Brendan Ranford to the Dallas Stars.  Goalies Jack Campbell and Henrik Kiviaho were also sent to the Stars ECHL affiliate, Idaho Steelheads.       

Ranford will be a loss as he is fourth on the team in scoring with 13 goals and second on the team with 36 points (13 points and 23 assists).

Tuesday on the road against the Oklahoma City Barons, the Stars came up short losing in overtime 3-2. Just 1:39 into the game, the Stars scored quickly as Eric Failie was able to handle the pass in the neutral zone from Scott Valentine. 

Julius Honka later scored his own goal at the 9:33 mark of the second period, but Brandon Davidson turned the game around as he helped get the Barons on the scoreboard before the half. 

Both offenses were quiet for the rest of the game until Jason Williams scored his 16th goal of the season for the Barons to tie the game in regulation. Eventually, Andrew Miller’s wrist shot from the left circle was able to sneak past Jussi Rynnas to give the Barons the win in overtime.  

This past weekend, the Stars returned to the ice with two back-to-back losses, including one in overtime, against Rockford. 

Austin Spurs finding themselves while the Stars are struggling

Austin Spurs

After a difficult start to the week, the Austin Spurs bounced back on Thursday night beating the Reno Bighorns, 112-104. 

Trailing at halftime 59-50, the Spurs stormed back in the third quarter outscoring the Bighorn, 37-25 and out rebounding Reno, 56-37.  This provided a lead they would hang on to. 

Jonathan Simmons scored 24 points for the Spurs as Kyle Anderson recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. 

Austin’s Orlando Johnson nearly finished with a triple double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. 

Previously in the week, the Spurs’ nine-game win streak came to an end Tuesday losing to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 109-94. 

Five Warriors scored in double digits, led by Elliot Williams with 30 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds.

James Michael McAdoo, rookie out of North Carolina, broke out by scoring 29 points on 12 of 15 shooting, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. 

Erik Murphy for the Spurs was outstanding with 31 points and 19 points and Johnson scored 21 points.  The Spurs, however, were trying to adjust after losing guard Bryce Cotton to a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz.

Starting on Saturday, Feb. 28, the Spurs will begin their week of 6 games. 

 

Texas Stars

This week was even more difficult for the Texas Stars after losing forward Brendan Ranford to the Dallas Stars.  Goalies Jack Campbell and Henrik Kiviaho were sent to the Stars ECHL affiliate, Idaho Steelheads.       

Ranford will be a loss as he is fourth on the team in scoring with 13 goals and second on the team with 36 points (13 points and 23 assists).

Tuesday on the road against the Oklahoma City Barons, the Stars came up short losing in overtime 3-2. 

Just 1:39 into the game, the Stars scored quickly as Eric Failie was able to handle the pass in the neutral zone from Scott Valentine.

Julius Honka later scored his own goal at the 9:33 mark of the second period.  Brandon Davidson turned the game around as he helped get the Barons on the scoreboard before the half.       

Both offenses were quiet for the rest of the game until Jason Williams scored his 16th goal of the season for the Barons to tie the game in regulation.

Eventually, Andrew Miller’s wrist shot from the left circle was able to sneak past Jussi Rynnas to give the Barons the win.  

The Stars will return to the ice Friday and Saturday in Cedar Park to take on the Rockford Icehogs. 

 

What Seguin's injury means for the Stars, Spezza

Last Friday, the Dallas Stars’ All-Star forward Tyler Seguin was injured in a brutal collision when Florida Panthers’ defensemen Dmitry Kulikov delivered a hard hit.

The NHL announced Kulikov will be suspended four games for the illegal blow; however, the Stars’ will be without their leading scorer for 3-6 weeks as Dallsas placed Seguin on the injured reserved list over the weekend.  

Seguin leads the team in both goals (29) and total points (59). Adjusting to life without their top offensive player will be challenging for the Stars as they currently sit outside the playoff picture even with Seguin playing every game he has been eligible for this season.

The first game that Seguin missed all year came on Saturday, a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche are currently one point behind the Stars in the standings and are one of several teams in the hunt for a Western Conference playoff birth.

The Stars, who are still alive in the playoff race, must figure out a way to score goals without Seguin and last night they did just that as they came away with a huge 4-1 road victory over the St. Louis Blues. Center iceman Jason Spezza had three assists in the game as all three helpers were to captain Jamie Benn, who scored the first hat trick of his career.

Dallas aquired Spezza, an eleven year NHL veteran, last summer to help the Stars offensively. With star forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin leading the team in goals last year, Spezza was poised to likely be the Stars’ third scoring option this year.

Indeed, Spezza has fit in nicely with his new team, as he is third on the roster in total points and first in assists. He is doing exactly what he came here to do-- help facilitate the offense by setting up others to score.

Now that Seguin is out for potentially over a month, someone must help Jamie Benn, who is second on the team with 22 goals, with the goal=scoring duties. Yes, Erik Cole has done his part by netting 15, and defensemen Trevor Daley is having a career year with 14 of his own. But Jason Spezza, with 12 goals on the year, has the experience and most certainly the talent to transition into a prolific scorer for the Stars.

With three goals and nine points in the last five games, it seems Spezza is ready to be a leader for the Stars in the wake of Seguin’s absence. 

Texas Stars and Austin Spurs starting to find streaks

The Texas Stars, the minor league AHL team for the Dallas Stars, are still trying to find their legs to defend their AHL Calder Cup.  

Within the past week, the Stars have finished 2-2 going 2-1 against rivals San Antonio Rampage and losing to Oklahoma City Barons. 

The Stars faced the Rampage early last week and needed to gather the win as the Rampage sat seven points above the Stars in the West Division standings.  Ramgage goalie Dan Ellis who boasted a .923 save percentage in the contest while Stars rookie Gemel Smith scored four of his six goals this season against Ellis. 

But, this time around, the Stars could not be stopped as they cruised to a 6-1 victory.  After a tight first period, Cameron Gaunce’s score put the Stars on top 1-0.  They exploded in the second period with a four goal second period. 

Smith continued his success against the Rampage with two goals and Jamie Oleksiak led all skaters with three points (one goal, two assists). 

With the win, the Stars are just one point back of the eighth spot and two points behind for the No. 6 seed. 

However, in the next two weeks the Stars travel for a difficult six-game road stretch. 

In basketball, the San Antonio Spurs’ D-league team, the Austin Spurs finished on a good note before the All-Star break last week. 

Spurs rookie Kyle Anderson was named the D-League performer of the week as the team went 2-0 against Grand Rapids Drive while Anderson averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks. 

During this six-game win streak for the Spurs, JaMychal Green and Bryce Cotton were named to the D-League All-Star team for the Western Conference.  Along with them, Jarell Eddie competed in the three-point contest. 

The Spurs headed into All-Star break 22-9 and looking good to make a run into the playoffs.    

NHL season causing chaos early

Editors Note: All stats current as of Nov. 8

If the regular season ended today and the playoffs started, everyone would freak out because it's only November and the NHL season just started last month.

But, in addition to everyone freaking out, four of last year's eight Western conference playoff teams would be out. Those teams include the dynastic Chicago Blackhawks, the star-studded Minnesota Wild, the young Colorado Avalanche, and the bromantic Dallas Stars.

With all of those teams struggling, people start wondering why that could be. Well, no worries, I got some answers. In fact, I am going to identify a problem and the solution for all of these teams.

Chicago Blackhawks

Problem: With 2.43 goals scored per game average, the Blackhawks just aren't scoring enough goals.

Solution: Mix up the line combinations and put 6' 4'' left-winger Bryan Bickell on the top line so he can screen the goalie and give Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews better goal-scoring opportunities.

For the Chicago Blackhawks, they are just outside of the top eight with a 7-6-1 record that is good for 15 points. A record like that indicates mediocrity and that's just what the Blackhawks haven't been. Instead, they've been a team that plays great defense with a brickwall (Corey Crawford) for a goaltender. The Blackhawks have been so good on defense that they lead the lead in goals against per game with 1.86.

That being said, they have an exceptionally hard time scoring the puck. They've been shut out twice in a row at home this season, against the Anaheim Ducks and the Winnipeg Jets and they're also a paltry 2-7 in non-shootout games decided by one goal. So, when the Blackhawks win, they win big, which is the reason why their goals scored average exceeds their goals against average, despite their record.

My solution of putting big power forward Bryan Bickell in front of the net would distract opposing goaltenders and make seeing the puck almost impossible. This in turn would mean more goals for all-stars like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Let's make it happen head coach Joel Quenneville.

Minnesota Wild

Problem: The Wild have a 5.3% success rate on the power play, good for 29th in the league. That's a spot away from last people!

Solution: Play a more conservative, dump and chase style instead of the possession-based style they have been playing.

The Minnesota Wild's 7-5 record would be good enough for eighth in the Eastern Conference. But that's a totally meaningless statement since they're in the Western Conference in 10th place. The more you know, you know? Anyway, the Minnesota Wild have been a top 10 team in both goals per game, at 2.92, and goals against average, at 2.08. With numbers like that, you would think that the Wild would have a better record than 7-5. However, their power play has been holding them back.

In the NHL, where every player has talent and a good ethic and games come down to the bounce of a puck, excelling when you have a one-man advantage is extremely important. And as I said earlier, the Wild just haven't been doing that with their 38 power play opportunities. So far, they've only found the net on two of those PP chances thanks to some bad luck plus poor strategy and play.

Playing a more conservative dump and chase style would allow the Wild to keep the puck and get into position on the power play. With great offensive players like left-winger Zach Parise (who is currently out with a concussion), fellow left-winger Thomas Vanek, and offensive-minded defenseman Ryan Suter, one would think that a possession-based style of play would be better. However, that has clearly not been the case. So, maybe going conservative would be the Wild's best bet because something has to be done if the Wild want to make the playoffs again this year.

Colorado Avalanche

Problem: In almost every major team statistic category, the Avalanche are ranked in the bottom third of the league.

Solution: Mix up the line combinations so that the struggling sophomore Nathan Mackinnon has less pressure on him, while paying attention to what made last year's team successful.

Last year's Colorado Avalanche exceeded everyone's expectations last year when they made the playoffs by winning the Central Division with 112 points. This year, they have yet to discover the magic they had last season. Their record of 4-6-5 this year illustrates that fact. From goals per game (2.40) to goals against per game (2.93) as well as their power play (14.6%), the Avalanche have struggled through almost every facet of the game.

The Avalanche could just be regressing to the mean after their incredible success last year. However, that doesn't mean that head coach Patrick Roy should just stand pat and expect failure from his team. In interviews, Patrick Roy has stated that he wants his team to continue playing fast, offense-minded hockey, so their last resort appears to be changing up the lines.

Last year, Nathan Mackinnon scored 63 points on 24 goals and 39 assists as a rookie, which was good enough to win the Calder Trophy. In addition, last year's Avalanche had completely different lines that depended more on chemistry than ability. I suggest that the Avalanche should go back to the lines that made them successful last year while at the same time allowing Mackinnon to play against second and third line centers of the opposing teams.

Dallas Stars

Problem: Their 3.38 goals against average is 28th in the league. That number indicates poor defense and terrible goaltending.

Solution: Find better backup goaltending, whether from current backup Anders Lindback, their AHL team, or the waiver wire.

Out of all of these teams, the Dallas Stars have the worst record at 4-5-4. They're currently 14th in the Western Conference, which is one measly spot above the beyond atrocious Edmonton Oilers. The Stars have only won once at home and are only .500 on the road at 3-3. Their team statistics point to a team that has been able to score, at 2.8 goals a game, but not do much else. Their 17% success rate on the power play is 19th in the league and their 77.1% success rate on the penalty kill is even worse at 25th in the league. All of that being said, their defense has been atrocious with 3.4 goals given up per game. That number is 27th in the entire NHL.

That's a lot of numbers in one paragraph. But the Stars have all the pieces needed to succeed in the NHL. So, using numbers helps me comprehend just why they've lost so many games early in the season. Center Tyler Seguin continues to score and Jason Spezza has dished out the assists. The defense hasn't been that good, but the Stars have been a team focused on offense, so that's to be somewhat expected. Really, the only explanation for the Stars' terrible record has been the goaltending.

Kari Lehtonen, the Stars starting goaltender, has lost five games straight with a 2.94 goals against average that is 49th in the NHL. That being said, Lehtonen is the starting goaltender and those aren't exactly easy to come by. Especially when your backup hasn't exactly picked up the slack. Anders Lindback, former Tampa Bay Lightning starting goaltender, has not been able to stay in front of the puck this season. He has played in only two games this season, but he has given up nine goals already. These goaltending issues signal a team that needs to find a goaltender that can give this team a chance to win.

Photo Credit: Lauren Ussery | Daily Texan Staff

Texas women’s basketball played its first competitive minutes of the season in an exhibition match Sunday, defeating the reigning NAIA champion Oklahoma City University Stars, 102-56.

Texas shot 54 percent from the field and never faced a deficit in the game. Head coach Karen Aston said she liked what she saw from the team.

“This is a game that you look to see what kind of effort you’ll bring and where are you at from conditioning,” Aston said. “I thought everyone gave a good effort. We’re in a good place, and we will take this and get better.”

Aston cited the defense as an area needing improvement. Texas struggled to remain disciplined on both sides of the court, finishing with 17 turnovers and 23 fouls.

“We weren’t on the same page,” Aston said. “I think we’ll be fun to watch and be a really good defensive team once we get some things ironed out.”

Freshman guard Ariel Atkins debuted as a starter and led the team with 18 points and three steals. Despite being nervous throughout the game, Atkins said she looks to improve in practice.

“Now that I know what it’s like out here, practice will be more realistic for me,” Atkins said. “In practice, you try to simulate game-like [situations], but you can’t because it’s not the game. But now, from the experience, I kind of feel it now. I won’t get as nervous when the lights come on.”

Freshman guard Brooke McCarty led the team with 24 minutes of play and three 3-pointers. Junior guard Empress Davenport tied for the team lead with five assists.

The Longhorns are still without junior center Imani McGee-Stafford and freshman forward Diani Akigbogun because of injuries. Sophomore center Kelsey Lang started the game at center and snatched 10 rebounds on her way to a double-double with 13 points. 

“With Imani out, [senior forward] Nneka [Enemkpali] obviously can rebound, but she can’t do it by herself, so I really focused on that in the offseason,” Lang said. “I just try to go pursue every ball I can.”

The Longhorns’ regular season tip-off will be against UTSA at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.

Texas Stars sweep weekend games, remain undefeated

The Texas Stars, Austin’s minor league hockey team, improved to 3-0-0 this weekend following wins against Oklahoma City and Utica.

Both games were close with the Stars winning by just a one goal margin each time, but the Dallas Stars' AHL affliliate was able to pull through each time. 

The Stars started out the weekend with a road game against the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday. Texas, who won 3-2, had a combined a team effort as three different players registered in the scoring column.

Texas took an early 2-0 lead at the end of the first period but saw their lead evaporate midway in the second period with two goals by Oklahoma City. Though, the Stars powered through, scoring towards the end of the second period and taking the lead for good at 3-2.

Jack Campbell and Jyrki Jokipakka highlighted Texas'. Campbell, the Stars’ goalie, had 37 saves against the Barons, while Jokipakka scored the winning goal for the Stars.

The Stars also won their second game of the weekend against the Utica Comets in Austin. Compared to their game against the Barons, Texas’ contest against the Comets was much more of a defensive thriller as the Stars outlasted Utica 1-0.

The Stars used an early third period goal by Travis Morin to break away for the win after neither team could put the puck in the back of the net during the first two periods.

Goalie Jack Campbell also played well for the Stars, saving all 29 attempts that came his way.

Up next for the Texas Stars is a home-and-home series against the Oklahoma City Barons this weekend. The Stars will play at the Barons on Friday and will conclude the weekend with a home game against Oklahoma City on Saturday.

NHL's top- 5 league veterans to switch teams this offseason

October, to most people, means changing leaves, reasonable, non-face melting temperatures, and pumpkin spiced everything.

To hockey fans, though, October is the month when hockey begins and the world rights itself again. Since there's less than a week left until the start of the regular season, I will be doing a two-part preview.

Today's part is “Same Faces, New Places.” Many players have been around the league for years and are still searching for their first Cup. They have All-Star resumes, with trophies galore, but they've yet to drink from the Holy Grail of sports. Here are five Stanley Cup-less stars who switched teams this off-season:

Thomas Vanek, Left Wing, Old Team: Montreal Canadiens, New Team: Minnesota Wild

After starting last season with the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek was traded to the New York Islanders and again traded to the Canadiens at the trade deadline. Despite playing for three different teams last year, the 30-year-old Vanek was able to put together a solid, All-Star level season (27 goals, 41 assists, 68 points) thanks to his superior goal scoring ability and ability to destroy the Boston Bruins both during the regular season and playoffs (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points). In Minnesota this season, on a three-year, $19.5 million he joins fellow All-Stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on one the most top-heavy teams in the league. While he's not expected to be the sole offensive producer (that's Zach Parise's job), he is expected to stabilize and strengthen the second line of a team that lacks depth.

Jarome Iginla, Right Wing, Old Team: Boston Bruins, New Team: Colorado Avalanche

As a 37-year-old veteran, Iginla had a remarkable season last year scoring 30 goals (his 12th 30 goal season) and notching 31 assists. He was a natural fit with the Bruins while playing alongside strongman winger Milan Lucic and playmaker David Krejci. If not for severe cap constraints, he would have stayed with Boston another year. Instead, he signed a three-year $16 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche, a team looking to build on last year's unexpected playoff success. He's currently projected to be on the first line with 23-year-old center Matt Duchene and 21-year-old Gabriel Landeskog, two guys he's old enough to have fathered. He will definitely be expected to bring a veteran, future Hall of Famer presence to the team as they progress this season and beyond.

Jason Spezza, Center, Old Team: Ottawa Senators, New Team: Dallas Stars

31-year-old playmaker, Jason Spezza has been a metronome in Ottawa for the past 11 seasons. He has posted nine 50 plus point seasons, made four All-Star teams, and guided the Senators to eight playoff appearances. So, it was somewhat of a surprise when Spezza told the Ottawa Senators he wanted to be traded to the Dallas Stars this off-season. Now that Spezza is in Dallas, he hopes to be a strong, second-line centerman where he can show off his offensive skills and great passing ability with his former Senator teammate, winger Ales Hemsky. However, his biggest impact will be on the powerplay, where he will be playing on the top unit with fellow playmakers Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.

Ryan Miller, Goaltender, Old Team: St. Louis Blues, New Team: Vancouver Canucks

The 34-year-old Ryan Miller is a Vezina award winning goaltender. That being said, last season could not have been what he expected. After ten seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues, who were hoping that they acquired a game changing goaltender. Unfortunately for them, Miller posted just average numbers with the Blues (.903 SV % and a 2.47 GAA) which led to a first round loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. After signing a three-year $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks, he hopes that this season will be different. And after the Roberto Loungo catastrophe in Vancouver last season, the Canucks are this season will be different as well. Miller is anticipated to be the franchise goaltender in Vancouver for this season and the future as the Canucks are rebuilding around an already capable core.

Ryan Kesler, Center, Old Team: Vancouver Canucks, New Team: Anaheim Ducks

Known for his ability as a two-way forward, Kesler's move to Anaheim from Vancouver was my favorite off-season decision. After a somewhat disappointing season with the Canucks (25 goals, 18 assists, 43 points), Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. With this move, the Ducks added a Selke award-winning center to an already stacked position group allowing them to compete with Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis. For Kesler, playing with the Ducks gives him a chance to play with two physical, young wingers, Jakob Silfverberg and Matt Beleskey, who complement his playing style, on a team that is competing for a Stanley Cup right now.

NHL's Tyler Seguin finds a new "bromance" on the Stars

From Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash to Tony Romo and Jason Witten, "bromances" in the sports world have become a hit. They span leagues, teams, and just about anything else that can come in between them. Love does conquer all, doesn't it?

For Tyler Seguin, center for the Dallas Stars, bromances are definitely a necessity. While he was playing for the Boston Bruins, he developed the most bro of bromances with fellow linemate and winger, Brad Marchand. While “Bryler” was in Boston, they were known to score on and off the ice while partying hard and partying often. In fact, after the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup, they got matching tattoos that read, “Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins 06.15.11,”(Marchand's is actually misspelled as Champians) on the side of their stomachs. They were always close on the bench, took tons of selfies together, and were spotted all over Boston.

However, all good things must come to an end. After some salary cap issues, lack of postseason production, as well too much off-ice partying, Seguin was traded to the Dallas Stars, delivering a devastating blow to the “Bryler” bromance. Brad Marchand was even quoted as saying that the trade was, “a rude awakening.” 

Nevertheless, now that Seguin is in Dallas, he's managed to create yet another bromance. This time, he's made a connection with fellow linemate and winger, Jamie Benn. They live in the same neighborhood, hug after every single goal they score, and have publicly said that they missed each other over the summer break. While it's possible that they just missed each other's on-ice chemistry (71 goals, 92 assists, and 161 points between the two of them), I'm thinking that they missed the chemistry they have off the ice even more.