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from Five for Fighting,
We went down to the locker room and this was the scene: Guys like Krys Barch, Toby Petersen, Matt Niskanen, James Neal, Loui Eriksson… those were the ones remaining (wait, sorry, Sergei Zubov was in there, too). Now Marty Turco did come out, as did Darryl Sydor, but otherwise, most were cleared out by then.
Just don’t know what you can say at this point. There’s no building on positives with this group. They get behind and they fall apart. Coach Dave Tippett said this team needs its goaltender first and foremost: “Everybody has to do their part. Certain players we expect a lot more from, and it starts in goal with marty. Right now with our lineup, we just have to have good goaltending to give ourselves a chance.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
“Turco pushed the net,” Lemaire said. “It’s the third time that Turco does that, just against us. He goes like he’s going to stumble, and he just lays on the post, that’s what he does. It’s a trick, but now they’ll know. Next time, they’ll watch.”...
When told that Lemaire said that historically speaking, Turco had a history of doing that, Turco replied:
“When he played, they had steel pegs in there, and the net wasn’t coming off, And I don’t know how many times he was in front of the net, anyway…historically speaking.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Welcome to the Stars, where the harder the team digs in, the deeper the hole gets.
At some point in the transition from Western Conference finalist to NHL doormat, the Stars probably got too cocky.
Management probably looked too hard at taking the next step and adding the piece that would “beat Detroit.”
Players probably believed too much in the hype that they were Stanley Cup contenders and felt the magic would instantly return once they hit the ice.
Coaches probably trusted the players too much and allowed them to skate through a lackadaisical preseason.
via Andrew’s Dallas Stars Blog,
Steve Ott is expected to miss one month with a broken hand. This happened in the fight with Steve Montador the other night.
You can watch the video at Andrew’s blog…
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.
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