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fromm Jim Lites, President of the Dallas Stars,
Over 15,000 people read the unfiltered letter that we sent out to the fans via e-mail. I’ve received over 750 response e-mails and we’d like to thank everyone for their feedback. I have been reading every one of them. We were very pleased to see that most of the responses (literally 95%) supported the team and our decisions thus far in the free agent market and trusts that we will do a good job in putting a quality product on the ice once again in 2007-08.
Most of the e-mails voiced appreciation for sending the letter, thanking us for staying connected to our fans and letting everyone know where we stand. Our policy has always been to keep an open line of communication with our fans and that will continue.
continued... and you have to give the Stars credit for addressing this issue with their fans…
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year contract worth $2,800,000 for the 2007-08 season, and center Joel Lundqvist to a two-year, $1,450,000 contract ($700,000 this season and $750,000 for 2008-09).
“We are very pleased to have reached agreements on new contracts with Mike Ribeiro and Joel Lundqvist,” said Armstrong. “Mike brought a great deal of playmaking and offensive ability in his first year with our club and we look forward to his continued contributions. Joel’s rookie season was a positive one and we envision his role increasing as he gains more experience in the NHL.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
For Stars fans concerned by the team’s inability to land a scoring forward in the early days of NHL free agency, the message from team president Jim Lites is clear:
“We’re not dumb, we’re not cheap and we’ve not fallen asleep,” he said this week.
The Stars planned to spend $4 million to land an impact scorer when free agency began last week. Their goal remains the same, even if the timetable and method might have changed. Now, any major acquisition will come from a trade and is likely to happen months from now.
“Are we likely to make a trade? Yes, but not in the next week,” Lites said, emphasizing the Stars intend to be patient. “Are we preparing to do something? Absolutely. But we’re not going to do anything stupid.”
via the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed left wing Todd Fedoruk to a one-year deal ($875,000) for the 2007-08 season.
“Todd adds the elements of size and toughness to our hockey club,” said Armstrong. “We expect our fans to enjoy his style of play and we look forward to his contributions to the Dallas Stars in 2007-08.”
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.
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