Stephen Johns


Jim Nill said it often, in some form or another, on Saturday. The Dallas Stars have a plan, and that plan includes trying to emulate a certain franchise/trading partner as much as possible.


The move was made primarily to help ease the Blackhawks’ salary-cap issues, the problems we all knew they were going to have entering the 2015-16 season.


Vincent Hinostroza realized the first part of his dream on June 23, 2012, when the hometown Blackhawks drafted him.

Part two of that dream came on Saturday.


When the Chicago Blackhawks recalled Stephen Johns in the wake of Trevor van Riemsdyk's injury, the 22-year-old defenseman already knew his stay may not be for long.