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Mike Modano- From Goal Scorer To Complete Player Now To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Modano went from being a player looking for space to one willing to fight for that space, Hitchcock said.

"I saw that evolution," he said.

It was not an easy transformation. Modano recalled having the conversations with Hitchcock and his coaching staff -- including defensive genius Doug Jarvis, Rick Wilson and perhaps the greatest defensive player of all time in Bob Gainey, who at the time was the Stars' GM.

Maybe "conversation" isn't the right term. Maybe "browbeating sessions" would be more accurate. What they were saying to Modano seemed counterintuitive to how he'd played his whole career, his whole raison d'etre, if you will.

"Bob and I talked about this until we were blue in the face," Modano said. "He would say, 'Mike, you can't play the way you're playing and expect to win and be consistent and be what we want you to be,' I really was unsure of what he was saying."

Finally, though, it wasn't so much of an epiphany as a beatdown that led to Modano's buying in.

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Montreal Trades Travis Moen To Dallas For Sergei Gonchar

MONTREAL (November 11, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars, in return for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar, 40, recorded one assist in three games thus far with the Stars in 2014-15, averaging 13:01 of ice time per game. He missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury.

Since he first joined the NHL back in 1994-95, Gonchar has recorded a total of 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular season games. He scored 102 goals on the powerplay, two while shorthanded and 35 winning tallies. The 6' 2'' and 210 lbs forward also served 965 penalty minutes and displays a +26 plus/minus differential.

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Lindy Ruff Addresses Some Issues After Practice Today

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars practiced in Frisco today, and then got on a plane and flew to Phoenix to get ready for Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes. Here’s Lindy Ruff with the media:

On goaltending.. We’ve had a tough time and I don’t think I can hide from that. I don’t think our goalies can hide from it. We’ve needed that big save. Sometimes it’s not even a big save. It’s a tough one that goes in that hurts your club. We’ve seen it where all of a sudden their goalie catches fire and it breathes a lot of confidence into the team too. I know our goalies can get it done.

I think Kari, it was a good rest for him. I think that he’s the guy that has to take the leadership and grab the ball and run and be ready to go with it. And it’ll start there because as soon as you get that confidence back there, then that one mistake you’re making isn’t something that’s going to hurt you.”

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Antoine Roussel Fined For Sucker Punch

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Antoine Roussel Will Have A Hearing With Department Of Player Safety Tomorrow

 

If you missed the incident, watch it below...

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Winless Streak Hits Seven For The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The entire Stars season sort of wrapped itself into one incredibly disappointing performance Saturday night.

Dallas played some of its best hockey of the season and then blew a two-goal lead in the third period en route to a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The loss stretches the Stars’ winless streak to seven games (0-5-2)

While Dallas lost six straight last season and went 1-8-1 in one stretch, they have not gone seven games without a win since the 2008-09 season.

“We’ve got to learn to play with a lead,” said captain Jamie Benn of a string of third-period collapses. “It really shouldn’t change from the first or the second. We got a lead playing the right way, and we need to just learn to play the same way.”...

Coach Lindy Ruff changed his lines and defense pairs and also rolled the dice on back-up goalie Anders Lindback. He was rewarded with exceptional team play, and a strong game from Lindback … until the third period.

“We were playing our best hockey,” Ruff said. “I thought we had great opportunities out of every line…We held them to 11 shots in 30-something minutes.  We had point-blank opportunities that could have made it 5-1 or 6-1.  But we made a mistake again, and that gave them life.”

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Video- Antoine Roussel Hit On Alex Stalock, What Were Both Thinking?

Alex Stalock first off should have held on to the puck, instead he throws the puck up in the air and tries to swat it out of the zone, which ended badly for both sides.

Roussel, maybe expecting a different move from Stalock, crunches into him right after Stalock sends the puck in the direction of the paying people.

Then...

 

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Why Were There Eleven Scouts In Dallas Last Night?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Are the struggling Dallas Stars inclined to swing a deal to get their once-promising season back on track? There were 11 scouts, mostly from Eastern Conference teams, at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night to see the hosts bumble their way to a league-worst sixth loss in seven home games.

Goalie Kari Lehtonen is struggling (he seems particularly vulnerable up high lately), but the Stars don't have anyone they trust to spell him. They could be looking for someone to replace current backup Anders Lindback. They could also use some help on the back end, but given the premium on defensemen, that seems unlikely.

The most likely move? A relatively minor deal to shake up the forward corps. Dallas' physical game has fallen off significantly. Maybe someone like Montreal's Travis Moen might be a fit.

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Trouble At Home For The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

We’ve talked about the new car smell wearing off and the new-look Stars having to stand on their own, and nowhere is that more clear than in the home record this season. Dallas is 1-1-4. You can talk all you want about that being a .500 mark in terms of points, but it’s not a .500 for the folks in the building. It stinks, and the Stars know it.

“For our fans, I’m frustrated…I know they’re frustrated,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “It’s my job to change it.”...

Dallas has been outscored 13-3 in the third period and overtime on home ice. They are pretty much melting down. Much of it is the same problem, risky passes that don’t need to be made, or a power play that saps energy rather than creates it. Some of it is inconsistent from night to night _ like whether or not they get the big save at the right time.

The result is your team looks like a mess.

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Videos- How Many Red Wings Do You See And Antoine Roussel Not Happy With Call

I see six Wings, for a long time...

 

Below, Roussel not happy with penalty call...

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