Rasmus Dahlin’s thought on All-Star snub is ‘I guess the fans want to see forwards’

DALLAS – Rasmus Dahlin was smiling when he stated it, however you can inform he was slightly confused when requested about why he did not get chosen for the Atlantic Division workforce in the NHL All-Star Game.

After Tage Thompson was the Buffalo choice made by the NHL’s operations division, the Atlantic gamers voted into the recreation by fans had been Toronto’s Auston Matthews, Boston’s David Pastrnak and Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Four Sabers who’ve endured several types of adversity this season assumed starring roles in the 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

The Atlantic doesn’t have a defenseman on its roster, and there are solely 5 blueliners in the total recreation out of the 44 gamers chosen by the NHL and fans. Dahlin is not going, though he is second in the NHL amongst defensemen in each targets (13) and factors (52).

“I guess the fans want to see forwards. It is what it is,” Dahlin instructed The Buffalo News after Monday’s morning skate at the American Airlines Center. “I’m going on trip and I’m going to have a superb time, however, clearly, I want to be there. That’s simply the way it goes.”

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The silver lining of the snub, in fact, is Dahlin will get greater than per week’s relaxation and is going on a warm-weather respite with some teammates. After the Feb. 1 recreation towards Carolina, the Sabers do not play once more till Feb. 11 towards Calgary. Dahlin is third in the NHL in ice time at 26:10 per recreation, behind solely Colorado’s Cale Makar (27:09) and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty (26:13), so he can use the time without work.

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Tyler Johnson tied the rating with 55.8 seconds left in regulation to assist ship the recreation to additional time, and Seth Jones scored the game-winner to ship the Sabers to a 4-3 loss.

“The relaxation is nicely wanted for positive,” Dahlin stated. “A number of of us are going to have a superb time. Mental break and likewise a bodily break. So I’m excited for that, too. Some days you have acquired to take your day without work you probably have to, however I feel the physique will get used to it.

“And I’m higher now with taking good care of my physique off the ice and I’m consuming higher. I’m sleeping higher. Every minute appears like you’ve gotten to handle while you’re not enjoying. So it is enjoyable. I am unable to complain. I like to play.”

Dahlin made his All-Star debut final 12 months in Las Vegas, getting wowed by the locker room filled with prime gamers and spending plenty of time with fellow Swedish star Victor Hedman of Tampa Bay.

From that have, he had some recommendation for All-Star rookie Thompson.

“I instructed him it is very simple to simply go searching and luxuriate in the time, however I instructed him to play, to go for it, actually go for it,” Dahlin stated. “People want to see his ability and what he is good at. So I’m tremendous excited for him. I’m going to watch. I want him to do one thing sick on the market and have a blast. I’m positive he is going to do it just a few instances extra in his profession, however get pleasure from this second, for positive.”

The Buffalo Sabers get some morning tempo at the large American Airlines Center in Dallas prematurely of the opener of a four-game street journey.


Former Sabers defenseman Colin Miller has made a seamless transition to the Dallas protection, enjoying rather more like he did in Vegas than he ever did with the Sabres. Miller entered Monday’s recreation with three targets, 10 assists and a plus-20 ranking that was fourth on the workforce. He averaged 16:31 per recreation.

Miller signed a two-year, $3.75 million contract with Dallas in July after three principally irritating years with the Sabres. He had two targets and 12 assists in 38 video games for Buffalo final 12 months, typically discovering himself on the injured record or as a wholesome scratch.

“That’s behind me now. I do not want to focus on that,” Miller stated. “It was irritating for me after I was there and we’re right here now. We have an awesome workforce and there is been extra alternative right here for me.

“Colin has gotten higher and higher for us,” stated Dallas coach Peter DeBoer. “For me, it is all about consistency. We know his ‘A’ recreation is ok to be actually good in the NHL degree on a nightly foundation. It’s ensuring you retain your recreation at the ‘AB’ degree and people ‘CD’ video games are few and much between.

“His Buffalo expertise, I’ve solely talked to him slightly bit about it. I feel he handled some accidents and issues, however I feel that made him admire his well being and the scenario proper now.”

Miller stated he was notably impressed with the season Dahlin had on the Buffalo blueline.

“It was only a matter of time earlier than he had a type of loopy breakout years,” Miller stated. “But ‘Dahls’ is a man who ought to be enjoying nice hockey for a very long time. It’s nice to see the place he is now.”

If you want an instance of putting it wealthy in the NHL draft, look no additional than what the Stars did in the first two rounds in 2017.

At no. 3 general, the Stars took defenseman Miro Heiskanen and by 2020, he posted the fourth-highest playoff level whole for a defenseman in league historical past as the Stars acquired to Game 6 of the Covid Stanley Cup remaining earlier than shedding in Edmonton to Tampa Bay.

At no. 26, the Stars took goaltender Jake Oettinger, who entered Monday’s recreation with the Sabers with 21 wins, a 2.20 goals-against common and a .926 save proportion. At no. 39, they took All-Star winger Jason Robertson, whose 31 targets had him fifth in the NHL and one behind Buffalo’s Thompson.

Two picks earlier than Robertson at No. 37, the Sabers made a giant mistake in taking Swedish heart Marcus Davidsson. The Sabers by no means signed him and he didn’t play in the NHL.

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