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from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,
Not that this means the Stars are going to make the playoffs, but parity has brought the entire West down this year.
Currently, seventh place Phoenix is on pace for 87 points. So is eighth place Nahsville, ninth place Colorado and 10th place Minnesota.
So, the idea Dallas needs 95 points to make the playoffs might be wrong.
That’s a small difference, but one I think is worth nothing.
Maybe they just need 88 or 90 points, and that means they would need 60 points in the final 51 games. That’s just a .588 winning percentage.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
When the puck bounced off Turco, then caromed off Malhotra’s skate and went into the net, the Blue Jackets came charging off the bench to celebrate. Both NHL officials—Stephane Auger and Kerry Fraser—had it as a goal on the ice.
And then the light went on in the official scorer’s booth between the penalty boxes.
read on and you decide, was the puck kicked-in…
FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov will undergo surgery on his hip in January, and will be out indefinitely. The surgery will be performed by a hip specialist in Colorado.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
Joel Lundqvist (shoulder) is in tonight.
Stephane Robidas (jaw) is in tonight.
Steve Ott (hand) is in tonight.
Jere Lehtinen (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (groin) are not yet ready.
Still, that can make a big difference for the Stars. Tom Wandell has gone back to Sweden and Chris Conner looks like he’s out of the lineup.
That could make for some interesting line combinations.
more on the Stars…
from the Bob Sturm Blog at DallasStars.com, .
..don’t look now but Marty Turco is playing like Marty Turco. After back to back starts where he held Detroit and Phoenix to 2 goals (total) on 61 shots, he looks like he owns his crease, and if it were not for that meltdown goal where Trevor Daley mishandled a Turco pass last time Phoenix came through town, the Stars may really be rolling right now.
Since he was pretty much the most vocal Dallas Stars player regarding the Sean Avery soap opera, I was very curious if the exit of Avery would have any impact on Turco’s play. If people suggest that the play of Turco was negatively affected by the circus, wouldn’t it be positively affected after that?
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
...Either way, now would not be a bad time to consider the regular fate of Panthers fans or Coyotes fans or Canucks fans. ... or Oilers fans.
It’s a tough world out there in pro sports, and the Stars have been protected for years by good management and a lot of money. The management, I believe, still is good. The money could be much tighter.
Because the bottom line is the cap is going down next year – and probably even more the next. And the Stars’ internal budget could go down even before that. So, you really may get a chance to see what it feels like to be an Oilers fan.
But, if you’re looking for a little silver inside that cloud, check out the possible top six forwards for next season – Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, James Neal, Fabian Brunnstrom and Loui Eriksson. That’s a group you can build around.
from Paul Kix of ESPN, To put it bluntly,
Sean Avery was the extent to which we followed hockey. A sartorially minded on-ice agitator who trashes the new boyfriends of his old exes? That’s reason enough to stay tuned, dude. We won’t any more, now that the Stars have banished him from the team, even agreeing to pay his salary so long as he keeps out of the arena. But with a look at Avery’s sins, one thing’s for certain: Whoever gets the Stars’ sloppy seconds will have to up the tolerance for anarchy, because this is milquetoast stuff.
And the NHL wonders why it can’t expand its audience….
This is the problem with the NHL: It thinks a guy who interns at Vogue and routinely shows up in People and on PerezHilton is bad for the game. You fools. He’s growing the game. Or at least, he was.
The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Brian Sutherby to the Dallas Stars for the rights to collegian David McIntyre and a conditional draft pick.
Sutherby is playing his seventh season in the NHL, putting up 29 goals and 39 assists in 321 career games played between the Ducks and Washington Capitals.
added 2:54pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
I don’t get it.
They lose prospect David McIntyre, taken in the fifth round in 2006 who currently is at Colgate. He’s a swift and nifty center who had 15 goals and 17 assists in 39 games last season. They also lose a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2010. Seriously, it’s probably not that much of a cost. It really is just a minor deal for a player who once was a first round draft pick for the Capitals.
added 3:15pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As much as Avery is a pariah at this moment, that view might change significantly between now and the March 4 trade deadline.
If Avery shows he’s changed and the Stars brought him back through waivers, he could be claimed by another NHL team at half his salary and half his salary-cap hit. By that time Avery might look pretty attractive to a team that has Cup aspirations but lacks what they see as the required grit to get over the hump.
But that moment is far in the distance.
“There’s no sense talking about it until he gets better,” Hull said.
(Dallas, TX December 14, 2008) – The Dallas Stars today announced that Sean Avery will not return to the NHL team. Representatives for both Avery and the Stars said they would continue to work together in support of Avery during “this critical time” for the player. All parties said there is a clear understanding that a return to the Stars is not in the best interest of either the hockey club or Avery.
“Sean needs to focus on his own well-being while the Stars hockey team must focus on playing hockey and competing for a playoff spot,” said Stars Co-General Manager Brett Hull. “Everyone understands that Sean will not return to the Dallas Stars. We all need to move forward.”
from Five For Fighting,
Mike Modano mentioned after this one that this was a good tape for the Stars to hold onto, to remind them that they can do this and this is how they’re going to have to play for a while. I admit, that was a fun game to watch. Great performance by Marty Turco, solid defense in front of him, and you could tell that Fabian Brunnstrom and Tom Wandell were thrilled to score against their Swedish idols.
Said Brunnstrom: “Of course I know all the players on Detroit so it was fun.” Same from Wandell: “I can’t really describe the feeling right now. I have to wake up first.”
Said Turco: “Personally, I felt great tonight. A team that does shoot the puck as often as they do, you have to be on your toes at all times. It certainly does feel good to get this one.”
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