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From the Dallas Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year contract worth $6.9 million (average of $2.3 million per year) through the 2010-2011 season.
“At just 24 years of age, Trevor continues to grow as a hockey player and we are looking for his game to improve over the next three years,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He is a valuable member of our hockey club and is a key part to our strong nucleus of younger players.”
From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
GM Paul Holmgren would like to re-sign restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger and Randy Jones, but with over $47 million already committed to next year’s payroll, Holmgren probably won’t have enough cap space to retain the three even though the upper limit is expected to rise to around $56 million next season.
Holmgren also has to consider whether to retain any of his unrestricted free agents. Vaclav Prospal, Jason Smith, Jaroslav Modry and Jim Dowd fall into that category and if speculation in the Philadelphia media is anything to go by, Holmgren will cut those players loose and focus on re-signing his younger talent.
But not retaining his impending UFAs won’t solve Holmgren’s cap problem; he’s going to have to consider other options.
more… plus a look at the Dallas Stars
From Tracey Myers at the Star-Telegram,
There are a few little details to work out, but Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett will have a new three-year deal, co-general manager Les Jackson said today. An official announcement will be made Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tippett’s deal will take him through the 2010-11 season, as will the co-general managers’ deal that Jackson and Brett Hull each signed on Thursday.
“Dave is very deserving of a good contract. He’s done a good job for us,” Jackson said. “He represents our team and our philosophy well.”
via the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars Chairman of the Board and Owner Thomas O. Hicks announced today that he has signed Brett Hull and Les Jackson each to three-year contracts as Co-General Managers for the hockey club through the 2010-11 season. Hull and Jackson were named as Interim Co-General Managers on November 13, 2007.
“Brett and Les have earned these extensions, doing an excellent job in leading this hockey club this past season,” said Hicks. “The move to make them interim co-general managers was a different approach that proved to be strategic. The two compliment each other very well. Les has over 20 years of experience with this organization as a scout and an executive and he is the consummate hockey man. He is highly regarded and respected throughout the league. Brett had 19 years of success as a player in the NHL and is a solid link between the front office and locker room. He thinks outside the box and provides a different perspective for our management staff.
“This unique combination of talents gives us many advantages for our hockey club. Signing Les and Brett to these contracts provides stability for the future. We look forward to building on this year’s relative successes.”
Q. Did you think the guys were flat in the first period or how did it look to you?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: I thought it was a combination of us hoping to win and Detroit pushing the issue to win. I think they had a real hard focus around our net early. The first three goals, right at the crease and in. Once you get trailing, you’re chasing the game. That’s where we were: chasing the game most of the game.
The first goal they get, comes across the crease. Yeah, we get not beat outright, but we get beat on a couple plays. Comes across, hits Draper right in the face, goes in. I mean, hard goals to give up. That’s the way it went.
via the Dallas Stars Blog,
“... if you score first, you’re in the lead, you control match-ups better more often because the other coach is trying to get his offense out there,” Babcock said. “Often what happens in games where you’re behind, you don’t play as many people. You got to play the guys who can score.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
If you look at the Stanley Cup playoffs over the years, especially in the modern era, a clear trend emerges. Teams that can get themselves at least one short series along the way are much more likely to hoist the Cup than a team that had to battle hard all along the way.
Similarly, that’s why the fourth and fifth holes are so dreaded. For those teams, every round is a tough one and less likely to produce a short series. Under the current format, no fourth-seeded team has managed to win the Cup.
So the Red Wings did themselves no favors by failing to put away the Stars after going up 3-0 in the conference final. In fact, most hockey observers felt that one of the reasons the Wings were able to open that lead was the fact that the Stars exhibited a similar failing in the previous round.
Some questions for Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock:
Q. I’m not sure how willing you are to divulge military secrets, but any chance you might split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg at times in the game?
Some questions for Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett this morning.
Q. Where did you get the idea or what did you see in Toby Petersen that made you think this would be a good matchup for him?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Probably the speed element. I mean, there’s a couple things. He’s got very good hockey sense and the speed element was something we felt we were lacking. He’s a player that plays fast. He makes solid plays. He’s not spectacular from any stretch of the imagination, but is a very conscious player on both sides of the puck.
We were down 3-0. We had to find something to give us a little spark, and he’s been one of those guys.
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
Like, how did a 29-year-old center with eight games on the Stars’ regular-season roster become one of the unlikely heroes of the postseason? How is it that [Toby] Petersen, who spent 63 games with the Iowa Stars this season and has one point in 17 career playoff games, became the key to derailing Detroit superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk? How does a man who is making less than $300,000 this season stifle two players who combine to draw more than $9 million in salary?
“It’s a pretty good story,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
Then again, the Stanley Cup playoffs are filled with these stories.
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