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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.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
It’s one step forward and two steps back for the Stars, who ended their three-game California road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings and might lose their captain for the next game.
Sticking up for teammate Mike Ribeiro, who was knocked into the boards by Kings forward Dustin Brown, Morrow started a fight with Brown and received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a game….
Ribeiro was in a shooting position when Brown hit him, and Ribeiro flew into the boards and hit his head. He received stitches over his left eye, but did return to the game and made an incredible goal to help extend the shootout.
read on and watch a video of the Brown hit below…
added 10:53am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has rescinded both the automatic one-game suspension to Brenden Morrow and the $10,000 fine to Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett.
Morrow received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the game when he fought Kings forward Dustin Brown after Brown hit Stars forward Mike Ribeiro into the boards.
from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,
Marty Turco was quite upset with himself. When asked what he was thinking at the time, he replied:
“I really didn’t know what I was thinking. Generally, I watch them (the opposition) and let them dictate, but I’m on my backhand at that particular time of the game, I don’t know what I was thinking.”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Defensive partner Matt Niskanen said it best at Thursday’s practice: “Everybody had a smile on their face today, and he’s got a lot to do with it.”
That’s the effect that Sergei Zubov has on this team. He should make his season debut tonight, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The Stars need his calm during this stormy start. They need his veteran leadership on and off the ice. And they definitely need his fantastic play….
Newly acquired right wing Mark Parrish said he couldn’t wait to get into a game situation, and he’ll get his chance tonight. He’s someone who wants to prove he has a place in this league, and that could lead to some good work fast.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
But one thing that isn’t sitting well with me is the Avery addition. Mike Modano exploded to the media after last Saturday’s loss in Boston, a game in which the antics of Avery and fellow agitator Steve Ott essentially cost the Stars in a third-period collapse. Avery and Ott got into it with fans and on-ice officials. Modano called it “idiotic and stupid.”
And you might suspect, Tippett did his best to downplay it to me. That’s his job.
“Mike’s got no problem playing with Avery or Ott,” said Tippett. “He’ll be on a line with Avery today at practice. There’s no problem there at all. It’s the frustration of losing that’s got everyone upset.”
Still, Tippett did have a chat with his agitators.
via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
According to sources, veteran RW Mark Parrish has ended his AHL contract with Bridgeport and has been signed by co-GM Brett Hull to an NHL deal with the Stars. It’s a two-way deal. One year, prorated $500,000 in the NHL. In the minors, $100,000.
“I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to hip check any more. It is a new rule? I didn’t see the referees’ arm go up. You’re allowed to hit.”
-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars when asked about the hits he delivered on a few of the Bruins. A little more from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog.
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