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from Keeli Garza of Five for Fighting at the Star-Telegram,
Wow, where to start with this one. A total mess, and that is one aggravated, frustrated group right now. The woes of training camp are just spilling over, and it is producing some ugly, ugly hockey.
Coach Dave Tippett brought up the names Jere Lehtinen and Fabian Brunnstrom; as in, it may be time for these two to get into the lineup. Message to players: You’ve had your chance, you’re doing nothing, have a seat.
The tsk-tsk’s abound. Mike Ribeiro has been MIA. Loui Eriksson has done nothing. Insert name here has been bad, too.
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
The Chicago Blackhawks have claimed defenseman Doug Janik on waivers from the Dallas Stars and have traded him back to the Stars in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Tom Hicks was ready to talk hockey. The Dallas Stars’ owner sat in his downtown Dallas office on Tuesday, excited about the possibilities of the new season.
“In the last month we’ve been hearing from [co-general managers] Les [Jackson] and Brett [Hull], and Brett kind of clearly says the players think they’re going to win it all this year. They have a lot of confidence, and that’s a great starting point. You go back 10 years, I think we had that feeling we were going to win it all that year. We’re not as experienced a team as that one was, so you have a lot of unknowns that creep into it. But we have an opportunity to be special.”
Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.
Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
NHL tough guy Sean Avery reopened his feud with Don Cherry this week by stating the CBC commentator knows next to nothing about hockey.
“He’s a stable as far as Canadian hockey goes,” Avery said during interview on the CBC’s The Hour. “And I grew up watching Coach’s Corner, and he serves a purpose.
“But he really does not know shit about hockey.
“He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Brad Richards didn’t speak endlessly of his newfound peace at the start of training camp. But the few words he used spoke volumes for how he felt.
Comfortable. Excited. More excited, he said, than he’s been in a long time. He’s in tune with the Dallas Stars’ system. He’s close with his no-longer-new teammates. He gets it all — and then some.
“You get the jokes now, too,” he added. “I didn’t have a clue of them last year on the inside jokes. Now I’m starting to get them.”
from Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
I’m a basketball fan who hasn’t watched a whole lot of hockey, but I better brush up on power plays and such. As a professional bandwagon hopper, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time with the Stars this winter.
That certainly doesn’t mean I’ll voluntarily stay out of the Mavericks’ locker room, but I sense a shifting of the local bandwagon fans from NBA to NHL.
“There’s a few things I would do to make it better. First of all, I’d put the red line back in. I’m get so sick of tired of seeing D-to-D, bank passes, and tip it in and chase it (hockey). It happens way too often. You look at teams like Detroit that manhandles (other) teams and they don’t do that. They keep the puck and pass to each other.”
-Brett Hull. More from Hull at TSN.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“I think you have to start out fresh each season, because it is a different team,” Tippett said. “The chemistry is different, players take different leadership roles, people are at different stages in their careers.”
Modano, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen are moving into support roles in terms of leadership, while players such as Richards, Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas are stepping up on the ice and in the locker room behind the leadership core of Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco.
The Stars are now more a team of 20-somethings than 30-somethings, and that means a different kind of atmosphere, on the ice and off.
Yet, for all that change, Tippett said he wants to maintain the same identity – a hard working, hard team to play against that loves puck possession and loves to create plays
more on the Stars…
The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov had an arthroscopic procedure on his hip and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The club also announced that defenseman Philippe Boucher is day-to-day with a sore foot.
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