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Evening Line

“There’s a few things I would do to make it better. First of all, I’d put the red line back in. I’m get so sick of tired of seeing D-to-D, bank passes, and tip it in and chase it (hockey). It happens way too often. You look at teams like Detroit that manhandles (other) teams and they don’t do that. They keep the puck and pass to each other.”

-Brett Hull.  More from Hull at TSN.

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A Different Atmosphere In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“I think you have to start out fresh each season, because it is a different team,” Tippett said. “The chemistry is different, players take different leadership roles, people are at different stages in their careers.”

Modano, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen are moving into support roles in terms of leadership, while players such as Richards, Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas are stepping up on the ice and in the locker room behind the leadership core of Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco.

The Stars are now more a team of 20-somethings than 30-somethings, and that means a different kind of atmosphere, on the ice and off.

Yet, for all that change, Tippett said he wants to maintain the same identity – a hard working, hard team to play against that loves puck possession and loves to create plays

more on the Stars…

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Zubov Out A Month

The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov had an arthroscopic procedure on his hip and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The club also announced that defenseman Philippe Boucher is day-to-day with a sore foot.

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Hunger Back For Modano

from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,

...as Modano enters his 19th NHL season, he’s feeling that hunger, that desire for his sport. Sure, training camp, which begins Friday, doesn’t bring out the giddiness of many players; but that regular-season schedule isn’t far away, and those games are what have Modano ready to roll again.

“There’s some excitement, knowing we’re very close and our team’s better adding the guys that we did,” he said. “We’re looking forward to that again. I think we feel the components are there, the players are there, that people are coming into their age.”

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Brunnstrom Taking It A Step At A Time

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

What the Stars like is the fact that despite all of the attention surrounding him during the recruiting process, Brunnstrom appears humble and enthusiastic.

“You go in there, and he’s lifting weights and doing the work, and that’s very encouraging,” Tippett said. “He wants to be on our team, he really wants to succeed, and he wants to put the work in. You love to see that.”

Brunnstrom said he understands the pressure and simply wants to take this one step at a time. He called the process “an adventure.”

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Avery To The Big Screen

from The Hollywood Reporter,

New Line Cinema will presumably answer that question in a film about professional hockey player Sean Avery’s experiences as a summer intern at the fashion bible Vogue.

New Line, which is developing and will produce a big-screen account of his experiences in the fashion world and the relationships he made there, has hired Stan Chervin to write the screenplay. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson, who were behind New Line’s sleeper hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” will produce.

read on

In other hockey related news from The Hollywood Reporter,

Julie Andrews has earned her wings.

The actress will join Dwayne Johnson and Ashley Judd in Fox’s family comedy “Tooth Fairy.”

The film centers on Derek Thompson (Johnson), a minor-league hockey player whose nickname is the Tooth Fairy because of his ability to knock out opposing players’ teeth. Judd plays his girlfriend.

 

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Stars Goal- Create A Stanley Cup Winning Team

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

...But as much as those personnel changes are significant, Hull said the GMs are not just shuffling talent to put their fingerprint on the team – a desire he stated when he first took the job.

“I think we’re learning that’s not the goal,” Hull said. “You can’t just move people to put your own people in here. The goal is to create a team that can win the Stanley Cup.”

“You have to develop a plan and then trust that plan,” Jackson said. “You put coaches in place, and you trust those coaches. You put players in place, and you trust those players. It’s not about Brett or I; it’s about the players on the ice and the coaches who coach them. That’s where the game is won.”

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Pressing Questions

From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:

Dallas Stars: Cup contenders or kidding themselves?

Heading into last season, the obvious question was, “Can this team compete for a playoff spot?” At the time, it was touch and go. The core was graying and burdened by a legacy of recent postseason failures that suggested their best days were a decade behind them.

And now?

read on for more questions—and answers—on the Pacific Division

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Stu Barnes Retires & Joins Coaching Staff

The Dallas Stars announced today that center Stu Barnes has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after a 16-year career, and has signed a two-year contract to join the Stars’ coaching staff as an assistant coach. In addition, the club announced two-year contract extensions for Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb, whose contracts were set to expire after the 2008-09 season and will now reach through 2010-11.

“We congratulate Stu on an outstanding playing career and we are very excited that he will now join our coaching staff,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Stu was a consummate professional on and off the ice throughout his career, and was the type of player who always exhibited the qualities you would associate with a future coach. Stu will be an excellent addition to our staff, which we feel is among the best in the league. Rick (Wilson) has played a major role in building the Stars franchise into the perennial contender that it is today. We believe Mark Lamb is one of the top young assistants in the game and a major asset to our organization.”

“I was truly fortunate to play as long as I did, and I knew this was the time for me to wrap up my playing days,” said Barnes. “A great opportunity to become an assistant coach was presented to me by the Stars, and I look forward to making that transition and learning a new part of the game.”

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The Trouble With Avery

from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,

I like Sean Avery’s game. He’s ultra competitive, he has some skills, and he can help a team win in the short-term.

My biggest concern is the Stars have tied themeselves to him for the long-term with the four-year, $15.5 million contract they signed this summer….

But here is my concern about Avery _ I believe he has bought into his own hype far too much. He is performing pretty much all of the time now. In interviews, in appearances, in games, he is trying to live up to the legend he has created. And, in my opinion, that will eventually wear on people (and probably wear him down).

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