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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Because it is on the Stars to fix this mess, and they need to start by taking full responsibility. This didn't happen because of injuries, this didn't happen because of bad luck. The Stars were exposed as a bad team this year because of bad decisions, bad performances and inherent holes. If this was all about the injuries, why not bring back the coaching staff and the two goalies and take another shot next year?
Why? Because they know it won't work. They know the plan is flawed. And they know they are the ones who have to fix it.
When general manager Jim Nill took over in 2013, he had a lot of challenges. He also had a lot of opportunity. Yes, the team was bereft of centermen and anchored to a big contract for goalie Kari Lehtonen, but it also had a low payroll, and a decent prospect pool created by four years of relatively high draft picks. So Nill went to work and came up with some big winners. Getting Tyler Seguin out of Boston and Jason Spezza out of Ottawa fixed the center problem. Adding players like Mattias Janmark and Stephen Johns also proved beneficial.
To be fair, Nill had about $20 million in payroll space at his disposal, so the moves don't seem as magical in retrospect, but they form a nice base moving forward. That said, this isn't the Stanley Cup contender everyone was hoping for back then.
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.
Heatherington, 21, has produced six points (1-5=6) in 38 games played for Cleveland of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. Last season was his first full professional campaign and he helped Lake Erie to the Calder Cup championship, appearing in 15 playoff contests and recording three assists (0-3=3). In total, he has appeared in 104 career AHL regular season games and has posted 26 points (4-22=26). He will report to Texas, Dallas' top development affiliate in the AHL.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was originally selected by Columbus in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Korpikoski, 30, recorded 20 points (8-12=20) in 60 games played for the Stars this season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Turku, Finland was signed as a free agent by Dallas on Oct. 10, 2016.
added 8:05pm, Dllas release is below...
Following DAL game tonight, team doctors will meet with Patrick Sharp about an injury that has nagged him for awhile....
possible he wont be traded as a result. Jim Nill declined to discuss specifics, but word is he's been honest with other teams
Word is that Sharp has tried to play through it, but getting tough
added 4:22pm, Montreal press release is below...
Jamie Benn and David Backes go at it.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Ducks have acquired right wing Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick originally acquired from Toronto in the Frederik Andersen trade.
Eaves, 32 (5/1/84), co-led Dallas with a career-high 21 goals (tied with Tyler Seguin) and ranked tied for fourth in the NHL with 11 power-play goals at the time of the trade. Eaves appeared in 59 games with the Stars this season, recording a career-high 37 points (21-16=37) with 16 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-0, 200-pound forward also led the team in power-play goals, ranked third in points and power-play scoring (11-5=16), and second in shots on goal (154).
added 4:22pm, Dallas release is below...
DALLAS, Texas - The Dallas Stars, in conjunction with NBC, announced today that Dave Strader and Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will call the Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins contest on Sunday, Feb. 26. Strader will provide play-by-play, and Reaugh and Brian Boucher will serve as the color analysts for the nationally televised game on NBC. The game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop at American Airlines Center.
Strader, who returned to the broadcast booth for the Stars current five-game homestand, continues his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer. His treatment schedule afforded him the opportunity to travel to Dallas and return to the booth and he called his first game in 283 days last night against Tampa Bay. Following the Stars games vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 and vs. New York Islanders on March 2, he will return to upstate New York to continue his treatment.
"You go into a third period with a 3-1 lead with your lives on the line, and that's the effort and the result that we get? It's unacceptable. We're fighting for our lives, and that's what we put out there for 20 minutes."
-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars after a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more.
Watch the game highlights below...
Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News answaers some questions, a few Dallas Stars related...
If this Lehtonen/Niemi experiment continues to fail how much longer do you think Stars ownership will give GM Jim Nill?
Cowlishaw: Well, it's pretty simply. Lindy Ruff will be gone at the end of this season, assuming the Stars don't win a playoff series. Ruff was Nill's hire. Every GM gets one coaching change and then it's on him. So the clock starts ticking on Nill after Ruff leaves. Nill has been very good for the most part. But he hasn't addressed goaltending when he needed to, and the results aren't what they should be for this team.
Do you think the Stars should be buyers or sellers at the deadline?
Cowlishaw: Sellers. Unless things change drastically.
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