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From the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars GM Doug Armstrong announced Friday that the club has signed three players to one-year contracts for the 2007-08 season. The club agreed to terms with Brad Winchester on a one-year contract worth $475,000, while Toby Petersen and Trevor Byrne received two-way contracts for 2007-08.
from Tim Calishaw of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars apparently were getting more than a few calls from disgruntled fans, so they posted a story on their Web site titled “Stars Remain Prudent.”
Not exactly sure that’s the kind of headline that is going to have Web surfers plunging onto the next page to order tickets, which, for the most part, are not available to the more “prudent” spending sports fan.
“I know it’s not the sexiest approach,” general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday. “We feel like the smartest thing is to sign our players. When we re-signed Brenden Morrow and Jere Lehtinen last fall, that sort of made the bed that we are lying in.”
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed defenseman Sergei Zubov to a one-year contract extension worth $5.35 million in 2008-09. Zubov’s current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.
“Sergei is an elite NHL player and we are very pleased he is under contract with us over the next two seasons,” said Armstrong. “He is a valuable piece to our hockey club and has been consistently one of the best in the NHL at his position.”
The Star-Telegram did a Q & A with Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks…
Anaheim GM Brian Burke recently said he’s still positive about the NHL’s future. Do you agree?
Given the cards we were dealt, we’re playing the hand well. We can improve, and I think we will. I think our broadcast partners will continue to do a better job, and in the long term we have to be in a position of total coverage in HD (high definition) to get the viewing of hockey to be at the level fans want to see on television. That’s the direction the world is headed. The cap right now is acting as a magnet rather than what it was intended to do. There are teams spending to it that shouldn’t be. Fewer [teams] will do it this year than last because those who did lost money. The whole idea was for it to be a midpoint, to keep a competitive balance at a high level.
A Q & A with Dallas Stars GM Doug Armstrong in the Dallas Morning News,
Now, if we can find a player to go into that top six, via trade or free agency, we’ll do that. But if not, we’ll count on the group of Modano, Morrow, Lehtinen, [Mike] Ribeiro and players like [Jussi] Jokinen and Loui Eriksson. If those players can’t get it done, then we’ll go looking for others.
much more on the Stars…
from the Dallas Morning News,
Veteran Stars center Mike Modano said Monday that he has talked with organization officials recently about criticisms that his fiancée, entertainer Willa Ford, directed at the team’s management and coaching staff in an Internet interview last month.
“I just wanted to clear some things up with them, and I think they had some concerns, too,” Modano said. “They understand how I believe, and I believe we’re moving in the right direction.”
Among what Ford told ESPN.com: There was friction among the coaches; the team needed to acquire better wingers to play with Modano; and stripping him of the captaincy before last season was classless.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“I’d like to hear your opinion, not what the Stars are telling you, regarding the personnel provided by Armstrong and the lack of playoff success under Tippett,” wrote one reader.
While another was less tactful by saying, “So wait by your mailbox for Armstrong’s Christmas party invite, since you have not been critical of him, and I’m sure it will be there soon. Armstrong needs to go!”
For the record, I have not been invited to the Christmas party, and it is somewhat disturbing, but that’s not the reason I have not fried the GM or the coaches.
Honestly, my paper would prefer I not make declarations about firing GMs and coaches. While columnists like Tim Cowlishaw and Jean-Jacques Taylor have the ability to profess their opinions – and have done so – my job is reporting and analysis. The line between analysis and opinion is a fine one – and the more newspapers rely on things such as blogs and newsletters to deliver our product, it gets even more blurred.
read on for news on the Dallas Stars…
Amid ongoing speculation of a coaching change, Dallas Stars general manager Doug Armstrong emerged from a meeting with team owner Tom Hicks on Friday and immediately informed the Stars coaching staff that Dave Tippett will not be relieved of his duties.
Assistant coaches Mark Lamb and Rick Wilson will also be kept on in an effort to build on what Dallas management believes was a strong season.
From Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News,
Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said he needs to take some time and talk to some people before he makes any decisions about the future of his team. However, his words Wednesday spoke of a man frustrated by exiting the playoffs in the first round for the third consecutive season.
“We’ve been in the same spot three years in a row. Three years in a row, and tweaks aren’t really working,” Armstrong said. “It’s frustrating. I thought we had the pieces in place to make a push. It’s a little bit different this year than in years past. I thought our team was in better position to go deeper than maybe the last couple of years.”
continued… *more about who gets the blame in Dallas; plus Sergei Zubov gets abdominal surgery this week
from Taony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,
In an era when Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic defined the centre position, the greatness of Mike Modano has been grossly understated since he joined the Minnesota North Stars as the first overall pick in the 1988 NHL entry draft.
Compared to those guys, Modano played his whole career with a millstone around his neck, held back by club rules like the ones Hitchcock insisted upon: Never crisscross when on a rush. Wingers had to stay in their lanes and go up and down the ice in robotic fashion. And nowadays they can’t even go all the way up the ice unless the conditions are just right.
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