AHL’s Texas Stars go Victory Green, unveil sleek new logo

Jared Clinton
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The season of change in the AHL continues to roll on, but this time the new isn’t change of location, affiliation or staff. No, this change is purely aesthetic as the Texas Stars have unveiled their new logo for the 2015-16 campaign.

The Stars – who at this time in 2013-14 were playing in the Calder Cup final, a series they would go on to win in five games – announced Thursday that they’ll be changing their primary and secondary marks for the upcoming season. The new logo, which does away with the previous gold color that was used by Dallas’ AHL club, is similar to the color scheme the NHL’s Stars use, which likely means similar changes are coming to the uniform.

“The colors and themes have worked so well in Dallas and they’ve become synonymous with Stars Hockey,” said owner Tom Gaglardi. “It’s exciting for us to have the Texas Stars represented in the same Victory Green that we take great pride in.” Read more

Rumor Roundup: Martin St-Louis a good fit with Devils?

Martin St-Louis (Getty Images)

As the New York Rangers head into the off-season, it seems doubtful right winger Martin St-Louis will return with the club. St-Louis, who turns 40 on June 18, is an unrestricted agent in July. It was obvious throughout this season that his skills are declining. His 52 points were lower than the 2012-13 lockout season, the lowest in an injury-free NHL season since 2000-01.

With more than $59.5 million invested in their 2015-16 payroll and key free agents like Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin to re-sign, the Rangers probably can’t afford to keep St-Louis. Facing an uncertain future, the veteran intends to take some time in the coming weeks to consider his options.

Should St-Louis decide to continue his playing career, his NHL options could be limited. Among the reasons behind his trade last season from Tampa Bay to New York was to be close to his family. Should that remain a priority, he’ll only have a handful of teams to choose from and they might not require his services. Read more

Getting to Know: Jim McKenzie

Jim McKenzie (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Status: NHL left wing from 1989-2004 with Hartford, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Phoenix, Anaheim, Washington, New Jersey and Nashville. Currently serves as a pro scout for Florida. Resides in Nashville.

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 205 pounds

DOB: November 3, 1969 In: Gull Lake, Sask. Read more

Memorial Cup: Quebec stars show up just in time

Zach Fucale (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

QUEBEC CITY – Hard to believe, but coming into Thursday’s tiebreaker game at the Memorial Cup, Anthony Duclair did not have a goal. Zach Fucale wasn’t at peak form and the host Quebec Remparts didn’t look too threatening. But in beating their fellow Quebec Leaguers from Rimouski 5-2, the Remparts put it all together.

And of course Quebec wants to win the Memorial Cup on home ice, but there’s also the added factor of the venue itself: Le Colisee, the arena that Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur and Peter Stastny all called home in the past, will close after this tournament.

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How to snuff out a superstar

Oshawa's Cole Cassels  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The Oshawa Generals knew they had a tall task on their hands. Facing Erie in the OHL final, the Gens had to figure out a way to stop Otters superstar Connor McDavid, who came into Game 1 with a dizzying 42 points in 15 playoff games. At the end of the night, McDavid had been on the ice for more goals-against than goals-for and the Gens thrilled their fans with a 4-1 win.

If Game 1 was any indication, this series will be fought in both the trenches and the war rooms. Oshawa’s strategy for battening down McDavid was to have Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Cassels on against the consensus No. 1 pick overall in the NHL draft this summer as much as possible.

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This year’s Ted Lindsay Award finalists: Canadiens’ Price, Capitals’ Ovechkin & Stars’ Benn

Jamie Benn (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The NHL Players’ Association revealed Tuesday the three finalists for this year’s Ted Lindsay Award recognizing the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow NHLPA members: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin. Read more

Prospect Hot List: Mike Robinson’s Wildcat formation

Mike Robinson (photo by Jon Chase)

The final matchups in major junior have been set: Quebec takes on Rimouski in the Quebec League; Brandon will duke it out with Kelowna in the West and Erie gets Oshawa in the OHL. Whatever the results, it’s going to be a power-packed Memorial Cup. Meanwhile, the USHL draft is taking place, with Minnesota high school standout Ryan Poehling going first to Lincoln in Phase One (for 1999 birthdays) and some interesting pickups elsewhere in Phase Two (older players). Let’s take a whirl around the prospect planet to see what’s up.

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Hi, my name is Ken…and I’m addicted to the draft lottery simulator

Connor McDavid (Photo by Ken Andersen/Getty Images)

Spoiler alert: The Buffalo Sabres will win tonight’s NHL draft lottery with the numbers 11, 5, 6 and 7. Your trusty correspondent knows this because he went to this really cool website that simulates the NHL draft lottery and it told him so.

Then he did it 99 more times because, like a certain potato chip, you can’t do it only once. The website, http://nhllotterysimulator.com/#/official, took on a new life on Friday when the NHL made public the lottery number combinations for each of the 14 teams in the event. Suddenly, fans everywhere could, with the click of a keyboard, determine where Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will end up next season. Read more