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added 2:38pm, Jim Nill talks abou the injury below...
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
The Dallas Stars are 4-1-2 in their last seven, scoring 24 goals in that span and continue to lead the NHL in goals for. They’re tops in the Western Conference with a 42-21-9 mark and have a plus-22 goal differential. “Crisis? What crisis?” some Stars fans will say.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll see the Stars have also allowed 22 goals against in their last seven games and are 14-13-5 since January 1. They rank 24th in the league in goals-against average and own a team save percentage of .900, which is 29th in the NHL.
Over their last 10 games, they Stars are 4-3-3 with a team save percentage of .877 and a goals-against average of 3.30.
Dallas has been built on offence, but can they win that way when the postseason arrives? Over the last five years, no team has won the Stanley Cup without being first or second in team goals against during the regular season.
The Stars are glitzy, but until they prove otherwise they remain in the costume jewelry class. We know title rings require real gems.
more topics including out of work coaches and the Detroit Red Wings...
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars and Brenden Morrow announced today the forward's retirement from the National Hockey League after 15 seasons. Morrow signed a ceremonial one-day agreement with Dallas on Thursday and retired as a member of the Stars.
In acquiring Russell, Nill paid a high price. The Stars gave up young defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, high-scoring junior prospect Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round draft pick that could turn into a first if the Stars make the Western Conference finals and Russell dresses for half their playoff games.
Even though the Stars have plenty of young defensemen and a bevy of scoring forwards, the question has to be asked whether acquiring Russell was the best way to spend those assets.
-Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News where you can read more on the Kris Russell trade.
Also changed the headlint to reflect the trade.
added 2:33pm, Dallas release is below...
I RT'd a gif of this earlier, but here is a video which you can enlarge.
The no goal call was upheld.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Eaves scored on a great shot from a hard angle just 3:19 in to get things started. He followed with a fantastic redirection of a one-hand pass from Tyler Seguin at the net for goal No. 2, and he then batted in the rebound of a Seguin shot on a power play in the final minute of the period.
Eaves has been placed on the top line with Seguin and Jamie Benn because he goes hard to the net and can create distractions or tip pucks. He did exactly that Thursday.
"I'm playing with some pretty special players, and things happen fast out there, usually at the net, so I try to go there," Eaves said.
more on the game...
Watch all three 1st period goals from Eaves below...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The blinders are off for the Stars and now they see who they're running against.
Like a thoroughbred squaring off against a triple-crown champion, the Stars are halfway through the battle that is the 2015-16 season and they know now it's going to be a heck of a horse race.
The Stars no longer are in first place in the Western Conference. The Chicago Blackhawks have won 10 games in a row and have 64 points. The Stars are 1-4-1 in 2016 and looking incredibly mortal, despite their 62 points.
"The whole league is in playoff mode, except us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "This is a desperate time for a lot of teams."
Friday's 4-2 loss was just another painful night for Stars fans. Facing the lowest scoring team in the NHL -- the Anaheim Ducks -- Dallas allowed four goals in the first period. That's twice what the Ducks have been averaging in an entire game (1.90). It was confusing, frustrating, embarrassing...all of the ings.
It was frightening, really.
Below, watch the game highlights plus see how Daryl Reaugh feels about the game...
via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
The Wild played six minutes in the third without top-pair defenseman Jared Spurgeon. Tyler Seguin took a baseball swing at a puck in mid-air and instead nailed Spurgeon on the chin. No penalty was called despite Spurgeon leaking blood. He brushed it off afterward, saying, “Just a couple stitches.”
Yeo wanted a five-minute major. The refs told the Wild they didn’t know whose stick hit Spurgeon.
“Obviously, they got a tough job,” Dubnyk said. “I thought the refs did a good job tonight, but it’s tough to see how four guys can miss when the puck’s there. It’s not like it happened away from the play. I would think that everybody is looking at the net when the puck’s up in the air. The other thing I said too is why would our sticks be swinging toward our net? We’re not trying to bat the puck in the net, so we didn’t hit him. Obviously, it’s frustrating when they get the call at the end of the game there, but I thought those guys did a good job tonight. It’s tough for them, if they don’t see it they can’t just make it up either. They don’t get look at the video board and decide what happens, so it’s tough for them too. I thought they did a good job tonight.”
The Wild did win the game, 2-1.
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi and President, Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor Jim Lites today announced that the club has signed General Manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extension. The extension will run through the 2022-23 regular season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"In just over two years, Jim has helped instill a culture of excellence within our organization and extending that partnership to 2022-23 is vital for the direction of the hockey club," stated Gaglardi. "From the day he stepped into this role, he has displayed tremendous decision-making in the re-tooling of our group and we're excited to build upon the foundation that has been laid. We feel he is one of the best general managers in our League and we are thrilled he is so committed to us."
Nill, 57, is in his third season with the Stars as he was named the team's 11th general manager, and sixth general manager since moving to Dallas, on April 29, 2013. The team currently leads the Western Conference with 62 points on the season with a record of 29-10-4, which marks the best start in franchise history after 43 games played. In his two plus seasons on the job, the club has amassed a record of 110-72-25 and earned a playoff berth in 2013-14.
"Jim Nill was on everyone's short list for a long time and being able to hire to him to lead the hockey department was monumental for the Dallas Stars," said Lites. "He's brought a stability to our franchise and the commitment he's shown by extending his deal five years displays just how confident he is in our young core group of players. He and his wife, Bekki, are our great friends and truly tremendous people. We're lucky to have them as a part of the fabric of the Dallas-Fort Worth area."
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