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from Gil LeBreton of the Star-Telegram,
Doug Armstrong, fired from the GM job last November, searched in vain for nearly six years to find the Stars an impact scoring forward.
And the Ambassador of Fun finds one in three months?
Stars fans should be delirious. To get Richards, as well as backup goaltender Johan Holmqvist, Hull and Jackson had only to relinquish goalie Mike Smith, winger Jussi Jokinen and center Jeff Halpern.
NHL pundits are calling it the hockey equivalent of the lopsided Lakers-Grizzlies Pau Gasol trade
According to Sportsnet television, Brad Richards has been traded to the Dallas Stars. TSN is reporting that it is not a done deal—it’s awaiting Richards approval.
Update 11:46am ET: TSN,
After much speculation, the Tampa Bay Lightning have finally traded one of their ‘Big Three’ forwards, sending centre Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars.
Richards, who makes $7.8 million a season through the 2010-11 camapaign, waived his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. He signed a five-year, $39 million contract in 2006, with his average annual salary more than twice the $3.4 million he made in his previous deal.
Update 11:53am ET: Trade also includes Johan Holmqvist from the Lightning, for Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halperin (per Sportsnet SMS updates)
Alanah posted this at Canucks and Beyond late last night and probably is not the last time we hear a “Will Sign With” today.
As always, you be the judge…
from RossMcKeon at Yahoo,
The Dallas Stars will acquire Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards in a multi-player trade and Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa is heading to the Montreal Canadiens before the NHL trade deadline, an executive within the league said Monday night.
added 7:22am, from the Star-Telegram,
The Stars continued discussions Monday about acquiring forward Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and NHL sources said Stars backup goaltender Mike Smith was one of the players Dallas was dangling.
“We’ve talked today, but nothing’s happening,” Stars co-general manager Les Jackson said on the eve of today’s 2 p.m. (CT) trade deadline.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated defenseman Philippe Boucher from the Injured Reserve. Boucher had shoulder surgery on December 5 and has missed the last 38 games due to the injury.
Boucher, 34, has registered one goal and 10 assists for 11 points with 24 penalty minutes in 28 games with Dallas this season. He currently ranks second on the club in average ice time (22:20) and third in blocked shots (54).
via Five for Fighting,
Sergei Zubov had a screw inserted into his injured foot and will be out 3-4 weeks, according to coach Dave Tippett. Zubov had apparently gone to a specialist who told him to get this fixed now.
The Stars were hoping Zubov would be back on the ice sometime this week. Instead, they’re keeping their fingers crossed that he gets some work in before the playoffs.
update 5:11pm, Just received a release from the Stars, stating Zubov will not even skate for 3-4 weeks, so his return to the lineup could be 4-6 weeks.
From Richie Whitt at the Dallas Observer,
Admittedly stripped to a die-hard, bare-bones fan base after years of late-season flirtation begetting only playoff headaches, the Stars are at it again. Quietly, efficiently producing successful hockey that begs to be noticed. But for the most part playing to a city that doesn’t give a damn. [...]
“We’re down to the core,” says Stars president Jeff Cogen, charged with regenerating a hockey buzz in our disappointed, disjointed sports town. “It’s not ‘Woe is me.’ It’s just that, compared to who we once were we’ve fallen off quite a bit. We admit that, and we’re reacting to it to get those fans back.
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
“He gets guys stirred up, I can tell you that,” said teammate Stephane Robidas, who has seen Ott’s handiwork up-close and personal. “There are times when guys just want to kill him.”
Many of Ott’s barbs are R-rated. He sprinkles in Sopranos-like dialogue with taunts that would make the folks at HBO blush. When asked for a few “Ott-isms,” Stars coach Dave Tippett cautioned, “I think we’ll have to go to a different network if you want to hear those.”
But Ott does have a subtle side. In a recent game against the Oilers, rookie Zack Stortini came into the faceoff circle and Ott pulled Stortini’s shoulder pad forward to get a better view of the name on the back of the jersey.”
“I was just trying to find out who he was,” Ott joked.
from the Star-Telegram,
Who exactly is going to be that guy for Mo in the playoffs?
Do you want the good news? Or the bad?
The bad is a trade for a sniper is probably a pipe dream. Too many teams have playoff aspirations, and those who don’t are talking crazy talk when called.
Why give up talented young defenseman like Matt Niskanen (real age 21, looks 14) or Nicklas Grossman (real age 23, also looks 14) and who knows how much else when Marian Hossa can be had in free agency?
Or for Miroslav Satan (which is Slovakian for Ladislav Nagy II)?
And does anybody want to ask goalie Marty Turco to waive his no-trade clause for Martin St. Louis? Vincent Lecavalier, maybe. St. Louis, only if everybody at StarsCentral is partaking in the pipe part of the dream.
from the Star-Telegram,
Lehtinen has been back for five of the Stars’ last six victories, and his play has been as much a reason for the Stars’ latest success as anything. Whether it’s forechecking, killing penalties or boosting the power play, Lehtinen’s impact is being felt everywhere.
“He’s all-purpose for us,” captain Brenden Morrow said. “He stepped in, and the power play’s working. It’s not just the penalty kill or 5 on 5. He’s on every facet of our game. That’s the Jere Lehtinen of old. He’s probably underrated throughout the league, and many don’t recognize his work. But 22 guys in this room certainly do.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
“I don’t think you can ever have enough shooters, so that’s definitely something that would help us, whether it be on our line or the power play,” Modano said. “To find someone who can find that empty space on the power play or can convert a chance at the net, yeah, I think I would be fine if we got one of those.”
Co-general managers Brett Hull and Les Jackson say they are looking, but it’s difficult to find that commodity in the NHL. So the Stars need to be ready in the event no players are added before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
more on the Stars…
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