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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
Brenden Morrow spoke to the media at the morning skate, and said he was stunned when he found out that an awkward fall in Thursday’s game would keep him out for six months with a torn ACL in his right knee.
“I’m a little bit shocked,” he said. “I don’t really feel that bad. I kind of expected a game or two, and the six months recovery kind of caught me off guard.
“I’m walking around here today and can’t really believe it, he added. “I can walk fine, how can’t I play?”
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
As part of the budget crunch, we have cut back on our coverage of the NHL _ with the belief that you would rather us dedicate our space to coverage of the local team.
But in the interest of providing what we don’t, I thought I’d direct you to ESPN.com’s coverage of the NHL at the quarter pole. It’s very comprehensive, and they even have some Stars references.
Anyone else find this kind of strange, not sure if Mike is doing this with tongue-in-cheek.
FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the left wing Brenden Morrow is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery. He is expected to miss up to six months. The club also recalled right wing Landon Wilson from Grand Rapids (AHL).
“We are obviously very disappointed to hear the news about Brenden’s knee,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “As our captain, he will obviously be missed, but we have every assurance that he can and will come back from this injury at 100 percent. There is a lot of hockey left to be played this season, and we are confident our team will rally together and keep pushing.”
Can you name all the Dallas Stars in this photo off the top of your head? To be honest, we—and a few other hockey people we asked—actually struggled for a few minutes trying to identify one of the guys in this picture. (But we’re betting you’re sharper than we are…)
“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I have a lot of roots there, and we love Dallas. It is just dream come true to be able to put that jersey back on. I think the reason why (I was not re-signed by the Stars) was a cap issue. That’s the way it is; it’s the way the system works. There are no hard feelings. I’ve very excited to be back.”
from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
Boucher was notified of the trade on Sunday morning. He shared the news with his son Matthew, 10, and daughter Vanessa, 5. When they were told their father was traded to Pittsburgh, Vanessa responded:
“Daddy’s going to play with Sidney Crosby!”...
For now, Boucher becomes the newest Penguin and he’s excited about putting on the Penguins uniform.
“Who wouldn’t be?” Boucher said. “I have experience. I’ve played in almost every situation. I’m not sure of my role but I’m excited to join the team. I can’t wait to find out.”
According to RDS, the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have swapped veteran defencemen with the Stars dealing Philippe Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Darryl Sydor.
In the final year of a contract that pays him $2.5-million this season, Boucher is a 35-year-old who has three points and a minus-4 rating in 16 games with the Stars this season. He has 91 goals and 294 points in 723 career games.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
...the Stars’ co-general managers said Friday they have no plans of terminating coach Dave Tippett or shipping out key players.
“That just doesn’t make sense in the long-term,” Brett Hull said. “I mean, we worked hard all summer to come up with a plan, and we’re not going to bail on it a month into the season….
(co-GM Les) Jackson said he also doesn’t expect any trades, in part because, “we really don’t have a lot of options at this time.”
The Stars’ current roster projects to be within $150,000 of the $56.7 million salary cap. The recent free-agent signing of Mark Parrish ($500,000) addressed some of the team’s needs but also made additional player movement difficult.
The NHL is investigating a suspicious spike in votes for Montreal Canadiens players in all-star fan balloting.
Fans choose the starting lineups for the all-star game by voting at NHL.com, and all six Canadiens on the ballot have huge leads in balloting for the Eastern Conference team.[...]
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions at this point. There is some indication that something has happened,” said NHL spokesman Gary Meaghar. “I’m not at a point where I can say definitively that something has taken place.”
added 5:12pm (Paul),NHL Statement…
We appreciate the excitement and energy the fans are showing for the All-Star Game and the All-Star voting process. While we encourage all fans to cast votes—even multiple votes—for their favorite All-Star candidates, the League has identified some instances of automated voting activity that expressly is prohibited by the voting rules and regulations. This situation is being addressed and we are in the process of validating all votes to make sure that they comply with the rules.
from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,
And there was this from Tippett: “The guys that have the most influence in this are your top players and when they don’t have trust in the whole group, then you are in trouble. And we have some trust issues right now.”
And from the players there was talk of a lack of chemistry and a lack of work ethic.
Not good signs when you are basically one-fifth of the way through the season and have won just five of 16 games.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
This weekend will help determine a lot. Beat Los Angeles and Phoenix, and you make a statement that things are on the upturn. Lose to both, and you have to start figuring mathematical probabilities on what it will take to make the playoffs – with 65 games left in the season.
The Stars figured everything would be OK after a 1-5-1 preseason.
They figured everything would be OK after a slow start.
They now figure everything will be OK after getting three points out of a possible 10 on a five-game road trip.
That’s a great attitude to have if you eventually make everything OK.
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