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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
The NHL does not make a big deal about this stuff, so he sort of snuck on there this morning.
That means the suspended winger has completed his anger management therapy and is cleared to resume his NHL season. The Stars own his rights, so he has to go back on their roster, where he will take up a roster spot and salary cap space.
However, Avery has already been placed on waivers by the Stars and will clear at 11 a.m. on Monday.
From Richard Durrett at the Dallas Stars Blog:
Ott bangs the boards, fights for loose pucks, gets in front of the net and has shown a deft scoring touch too. He’s becoming more and more like a Brenden Morrow clone by the game. Ott had a goal and two assists on Friday, extending his career-long point streak to seven games (4 goals, 6 assists). He also has at least one point in nine of the last 11 games.
“If I can be a quarter of the player Brenden is, that’s great,” Ott said. “He’s a great leader and a team guy and I’d love to have him back in this dressing room. I’m just trying to play hard hockey and tha’ts something Brenden brings on a nightly basis and he’s a mentor to me so I want to keep playing that way.”
Ott has said for years that he was more than just a physical player. Now he’s proving it.
Also, Tom Cowlishaw has a piece on the “rejuvenation” of Mike Ribeiro in today’s Dallas News, as well
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The 33-year-old is 6-1-0 in his last seven games with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.
“I feel good right now, that I’ve come a long way,” he said. “My ability to stay on my feet longer to react to second plays or even third plays from a balanced position has been a great feeling for me lately.
“I have been fighting my body and my movements this year, and I’ve worked hard to get that back. I just want to be the guy they deserve back there.”
Turco has been the biggest reason for the Stars’ turnaround, providing key stops at critical times and also helping the defense with his ability to handle the puck.
“No matter what you do, your goaltending has to be good,” Tippett said. “It can do so much for the team’s confidence. It can allow players to overcome mistakes, it can change a game with a big stop early or late. Marty has done that for us lately.”
From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,
The signing of Avery was a mistake - and at $15.5 million over four years it might be one of the most expensive mistakes in NHL history. Not a single player was happy with the addition of the controversial, self-centered winger and his presence had an adverse affect on numerous players the team depends on.
The Stars were 8-11-4 with Avery and are 16-7-4 without him.
Avery aside, the Stars desperately needed Turco to return to form if they were going to dig themselves out of a hole. It looks as though Turco is back on his game.
read on for more on Dallas’ turnaround
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
So, are the Stars out of the woods yet in this very strange season? Hardly. But if this team can play like this on a fairly regular basis, then they definitely can win a lot of games.
Dallas (24-18-7, 55 points) now touts the fifth best points percentage in the West. That’s what happens when you win five straight.
Of course, as Brad Richards reminded, this can also go the other way if they put together a bad week.
Buf you have to love the gumption this team is showing right now. Are they a playoff team? Probably. Should they just ride out the chemistry and not do a thing? Hmmm. Have they earned the right to add a key player at the trade deadline (or earlier)?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What comes next for the Stars will be fascinating to watch. Will they remain a bubble team or push even higher and get back to the contending team they were last season? The Anaheim Ducks are vulnerable in fifth place of the conference. Fourth-place Chicago might be too much to track down.
“I don’t anticipate this team needing any more lessons and needing any more reminders of the position we’re in,” said Turco. “We pay attention to where we are in the standings. It’s been a habit over the course of this season. As a group, we appreciate the dwellers that we were and what it’s taken to climb back in the playoff picture. I don’t think anybody in the locker room is content.”
The confidence is back in a group that was absolutely shaken two months into the season.
“When you’re winning and doing the right things, that’s contagious,” said Tippett. “If your locker room is right, the coach does less talking about the right things to do and the players do all the talking for you. That’s a little bit of where we are right now.”
via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Petite, sexy-cougar anthem songstress Karen Newman has stood next to Marty Turco at the start of every Stars game at Joe Louis Arena and belted out the anthem on a Red Wing red carpet…until last night.
Over the years Marty has heard her voice, then the goal horn repeatedly - followed by the crusty tones of rink public address man Bud Lynch announcing Red Wing goals. It was like a symphony of negativity, the soundtrack of an 0-8-2 record.
So when some unremarkable young female singer stepped from the zamboni tunnel to sing last night it was like an auditory surrender to the eardrums of Turco and the Stars.
No Karen Newman – no Wings victory. Coincidence?
We can’t mention Karen without mentioning her website too!
“I grew up a hiuge Red Wings fans, and I usually leave with a loss under my belt and have to hear about it all summer from all of my friends, who are also Red Wings fans. They have a great hockey team and it’s a tough place to play, and when you win and take three out of four in the season series, it definitely give your team a lot of confidence.”
-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars after defeating the Wings last night. More from the Stars at the Dallas Stars Blog.
from Five for Fighting,
The team will head up to Detroit in about two hours… ah, another visit to the building that time and a good disinfectant forgot. But it’s fabulous to watch a game there, so it’s worth it.
more on the Dallas Stars…
From the CP via NHL.com,
Dallas is in the unique and undesirable position this season of being the only NHL team without a primary affiliate. It’s a one-year fix while waiting for the Texas Stars to make their American Hockey League debut in the Austin area next fall.
Neal made it back to the NHL after two weeks with the Moose, but at the all-star break the Stars still had 11 prospects spread out among seven AHL teams. They were playing different systems, with players from rival organizations and sometimes even facing each other.
“It’s not an ideal situation,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “I look forward to next year. Austin is going to be a great setup, a strong, strong situation for us.”
Dallas announced plans last February for an AHL franchise closer to home. Iowa responded by ending a three-year affiliation with the Stars after last season and became the Chops - with a vicious boar’s head for a logo. They are now the Anaheim Ducks’ primary farm team.
The Stars were left scrambling this season for a way to continue developing their minor-leaguers closest to playing in the NHL.
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