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via the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated right wing Jere Lehtinen from the injured reserve list.
Lehtinen, 34, missed the past 33 games (from Nov. 23 – Jan. 29) with an abdominal injury that required surgery. In 21 games this season, he has tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with a 5 rating. The 6-0, 192-pound right wing missed only 11 total games over Dallas’ previous two seasons.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
So in the next three weeks, we are going to see if that can be done without the use of outside help. If it is clear it cannot, the Stars will attempt to make a trade for a shoot-first scorer who can play on Modano’s wing.
The co-GMs have made it clear they will not risk their future (top prospects or draft picks) to get said player. So what they have to deal from, probably, is a group that includes backup goalie Mike Smith, defenders such as Philippe Boucher, Mattias Norstrom and Trevor Daley, and forwards such as Ott, Halpern, Miettinen and Jokinen.
The plan is to try to compete for the Stanley Cup without doing anything too drastic. Some might say that is fence-sitting and that any fence-sitting plan is doomed to fail.
from the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Stars Blog,
Just got off the phone with Les Jackson to ask him about the Marty Turco for Martin St. Louis trade that hockeybuzz is touting, and he said his policy going forward is going to be to not comment on trades, because it just seems like a waste of time to him.
But he said he has not had talks with trading Marty Turco to anyone for anything.
“I am not interested in trading Marty Turco. That’s just the way I feel,’’ he said
from Bolts Report at the Tampa Tribune,
Gang, I’m not one to work on spreading rumors or throwing stuff up against the wall until I hope something sticks. I don’t like to operate that way and to me it’s just a lot of hot air (or wasted print).
But I have to point this fact out tonight that Dallas had co-general manager Brett Hull and director of player personnel Dave Taylor in attendence at the game tonight. Not even completely sure they were there to scout the Lightning, but I can’t imagine they would come here just to scout a team in their own conference.
from the Star-Telegram,
Nobody thought the Stars’ left wing would maintain that 82-goal pace—some reporters put it out there for fun—but it raised the possibility of a breakthrough season.
That possibility became reality Sunday when the 28-year-old scored his career-high 18th goal—and that’s with 31 regular-season games remaining. Last season, he set a career high with 17 goals. He scored two goals in the 5-2 victory over Anaheim, one short-handed and one into an empty net.
His continuing improvement shows how well the Stars made out when they acquired him from Florida in December 2005 for a seventh-round pick.
From the The Dallas Morning News,
Lehtinen (sports hernia) and Jokinen (knee) are skating and are targeting the area around the All-Star Game (Jan. 27) for their returns. Jokinen, who missed some time in the playoffs last season with a rib injury, said this has been the first significant down time he has had in the last eight years.
more… including updates on Boucher and Zubov.
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
The face of the franchise has led the team since the Minnesota North Stars drafted him first overall in 1988. But with Ribeiro, 27, signed up at $5 million a year, the career of Modano, 37, appears in flux.
“To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my role on the team is,” Modano said Tuesday before the Stars left town for tonight’s game in Chicago. “I think it’s changing.”
The Stars have pondered Modano’s transition for a few seasons. He could follow the pattern of Joe Niuewendyk and spend the last two years of his contract as the No. 2 center – complete with a gold watch and Conn Smythe Trophy.
But there’s a problem with that scenario.
via the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced tonight that the club has signed center Mike Ribeiro to a five-year contract extension worth $25 million ($5 million per year) through the 2012-2013 season. Ribeiro’s current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.
“Mike has made a big impact on our hockey club the past two seasons and we are very happy to have him under contract,” said Co-General Manager Brett Hull. “He makes things happen on the ice and will only continue to grow as a player.”
from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has extended the contract for Head Coach Dave Tippett through the 2008-09 season. Tippett’s contract was set to expire on June 30, 2008. In addition, the Stars announced that Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb have also signed extensions through the 2008-09 season.
from the Pioneer Press,
Aaron Voros is no Mike Modano.
If the light’s just right, though, Voros could almost pass for him.
Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in National Hockey League history and a popular North Stars player during his early days in the NHL, is expected to be a focal point tonight when the Minnesota Wild play the Stars in Dallas….
The uncanny physical resemblance between the two was first given a name by journeyman defenseman Dan McGillis, who started calling Voros “Modo” when the two played in the New Jersey Devils’ system at Albany, N.Y., in 2005-06 and in Lowell, Mass., in 2006-07 before Voros was acquired by the Wild on March 1.
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