The Dallas Stars are not eliminated from playoff contention. But after Saturday overtime loss to the Nashville Predators, they are no longer in control of their own destiny. To put it bluntly, their playoff hopes appear bleak. That puts the Stars in a difficult position for the next five games when it comes to player usage. For instance, is it even worth dressing Tyler Seguin at this pointHis return would undoubtedly help the Stars, but Seguin may not be enough to get the Stars four wins in five games, especially with Denis Gurianov (upper body) and Jason Dickinson (lower body) injured as well Seguin would probably need a couple of games to shake the rust off since he hasn played since Game 6 of the Cup Final more than seven months ago, so would shutting him down for the season make the most sense long-termThe Stars also have the option of recalling some of their AHL standouts to finish the NHL season, giving them a solid look of how NHL-ready they are:Riley Damiani and Adam Mascherin have had standout seasons in the AHL, and Thomas Harley can burn a year of his entry-level contract by finishing the season in Dallas. The Stars have used only one of their four non-emergency recalls allowed after the trade deadline, meaning they still have three available if they chose to utilize them. You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here. Stars StoriesSaad Yousuf takes a deep look at the loss and it implications for Dallas:Instead of improving playoff odds, Stars show theye a team in need of help 1In brighter news, the Stars are playing excellent hosts for the World Championship:Frisco, Plano shine as hosts of IIHF Men's U18 World Championship 1For better or worse, there never a dull day in Brad Albert tenure as CEO for the Dallas Stars:From CherylHall_DMN, Dallas Stars CEO lands his dream job in a nightmare scenario: Brad Alberts is staying in the moment, hoping for a return to normal next season and establishing himself as a business power player in the hockey industry 1Around the LeagueWith many draft-eligible players having not played meaningful hockey in the past year-plus, several are taking matters into their own hands:It started as a joke, what if we just ran our own showcase But then they started to think about, and took action. How a showcase put together by OHLers Andrew Perrot, Ryan Beck, Ryan Humphrey and Brendan Hoffman came together and how it could save careers 1Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been placed on leave by the club:The Vancouver Canucks placed right wing Jake Virtanen on leave Saturday following allegations of sexual misconduct. 1Finally, the Seattle Kraken have made their final payment are now officially the NHL 32nd team:The Seattle Kraken are officially an NHL team. Now whatryan_s_clark has the latest on plans for the July 21 expansion draft, a made-for-TV production that could be staged at multiple locations around the Pacific Northwest