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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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Dallas Stars Owner Will Face Sentencing Next Month For Damaging Fish Habitat

from the CP at CBC,

The owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars will be sentenced next month for damaging a fish habitat during renovations to his vacation property in Kamloops, B.C.

Tom Gaglardi, who also owns the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, is scheduled to learn his fate on Dec. 12.

Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were each convicted in August of two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat — 2,400 square metres of shoreline area on Kamloops Lake....

Crown lawyer Digby Kier told a sentencing hearing earlier this month that Gaglardi and his company should be ordered to pay a fine of $300,000, the maximum allowed under the law....

Defence lawyer Rob Bruneau has called for a fine in the range of $50,000 to $75,000, saying his client should not be penalized for being wealthy.


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Lindy Ruff Making The Right Moves Early In The Season

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Coaching is like juggling while walking on a tightrope, while doing your taxes, while running a therapy group.

You have strategies, statistics, contracts and personalties, and you have to keep them all up in the air while maintaining focus on the task at hand — winning hockey games.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff has faced all of that already this season.

You want juggling? How about the decision to play his best players on a top line, and then seeing that line become the most dangerous in the league? And yet Ruff will draw criticism because the move could create a lack of depth that allows the Stars to become one of the most scored upon teams in the league....

As for the highwire, that’s Ruff’s balancing act of high-revving offense with some semblance of defense.

The Stars last season were at their best when they won faceoffs, reduced turnovers and possessed the puck. They have struggled to find that place, but Ruff said they were as close to optimal as they have been this season in the trip to the New York area, where they outshot the Devils and Islanders in splitting two games.


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Video- Patrik Elias Hand Pass Bounces Off Of Kari Lehtonen To Damien Brunner - Goal

You would think the goal would not be allowed but truthfully I don't know the rule on this.

The NHL Situation Room only ruled on this and no mention of a hand pass....

Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review showed that the net was displaced after the puck crossed the Stars goal line. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal New Jersey.

Watch the goal below...

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Uh Oh Vancouver

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

If you happen to be a Vancouver Canucks fan a little prone to paranoid feelings about your team, Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss in Dallas presented a considerable quandary.

This team presented so many worries it was hard to differentiate which was the most distressing.

Was it the fact they gave up six goals being dynamited out of the building of a team they owned two years ago? Was it Ryan Miller’s performance in goal in his first game against a team that in some way represents the strength of the Western Conference? Was it the fact it seems to take this team 15 to 20 good scoring chances, and in this case 46 shots, to end up with three goals? Was it all the chances they blew in the first period when they had the opportunity of changing the complexion of the game?

Whatever evil is deemed the greatest ill, let it not be said this team isn’t entertaining, as we outline elsewhere, written before the game. While it was blowout city, you certainly have to take the fun of this one over the droning of last year when scoring chances were few and goals were shorter than John Tortorella.

Where else do you see red lights coming so fast the air horn in Dallas barely stops before it has to be cranked up again?


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Numbers Don’t Tell The Story In Dallas Stars Win

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There are times when you know exactly why something is happening, and you can both quantify and control that something. Then, there are times when you witness something that goes beyond the boundaries of logic and stretches belief to the breaking point. That’s when you simply have to sit back in astonishment and realize the game is played in many different dimensions.

Like Tuesday night.

In taking a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center, the Stars sent coaches and mathematicians to their computers to try to crunch numbers like: How do you win 57 percent of the faceoffs and still get outshot 46-28? In the meantime, players like Canucks goalie Ryan Miller were left scrambling for reasons the puck seemingly bent the laws of physics and found a way to land in the net.

Afterward, Stars coach Lindy Ruff chuckled and said, “That’s a tough one to assess.”

And yet, that’s exactly what Dallas must do. The Stars must analyze why they were able to strike with such offensive ferocity and convert five of their first 13 shots into goals. And then they must assess why they couldn’t control any aspect of the game after that hot start.

read on and below, watch what was basically an own goal by Ryan Miller...

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All Jason Spezza

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Here are Five Questions with … Jason Spezza:

Obviously it's a major adjustment going from Ottawa to Dallas, so what has it been like for you? Has it been strange, different, challenging? How would you describe the adjustment?

"I would say it's all of the above.

"The strange is starting to wear off. It's definitely starting to become more routine now that I've been to the game rink a bunch and been around the guys a lot. Once you start playing more and more games you start feeling more comfortable, so the strange is starting to go away.

"It's challenging just trying to get to know everybody on the team and what their tendencies are, where they like to stand on the ice. Everybody has their things they like to do, so that's a bit of a challenge for me, figure out guys' tendencies.

"And it's been exciting. Just being on a new team it just feels like the excitement is really in my game. I'm trying to make sure I'm pushing myself to do well and to really help the club."

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Patrik Nemeth Of The Dallas Stars Lost For The Season



Watch the incident below...

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