Dallas Stars Daily Links: Has the future become now for Jake Oettinger?

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The Dallas Stars’ current online logjam is a seemingly endless spring of features, analytics, and hot sports reviews. But that does not make the issue less important – especially when a supposed customer like Jake Oettinger argues for a full-time job with the big team.

Dallas Morning NewsMatthew DeFranks started this week’s Stars notebook with some Otter thoughts – and he suggests that Stars also have a lot to think about when it comes to any fan’s favorite sea creature:

Oettinger has clearly been better than [Anton] Khudobin this season in the NHL. Even in the AHL, Oettinger had a save percentage of .913 and 2.62 GAA in 10 games. Meanwhile, Khudobin has sputtered to a 0.873 save percentage and 3.73 GAA in seven games, including Thursday’s seven-goal game in Minnesota ….

Dallas could, of course, switch [Braden] Holtby ($ 2 million cap hit this season) or Khudobin ($ 3,333 million cap hit through next season), but that would eat the depth of a position that already has a mystery in Ben Bishop, a currently injured starter in Holtby and an overwhelming backup in Khudobin.

One thing is for sure – Oettinger will benefit from playing as many games as possible, whether it’s in the NHL or for the Texas Stars:

“As a goalkeeper, even if you play well, it’s nice to come back, but especially if you don’t play well,” Oettinger said. “I played pretty much every game down there. Just having the opportunity to know that you play all the time was really good for me.

“I think it’s the biggest thing I need, just more and more games. Clearly, exercise is exercise. But that’s where I think I get most of the work done, just by continuing to play and get more comfortable. “

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]


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