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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.
NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).
Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.
from Mike Brophy & Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Two questions immediately spring to mind: Why the heck was Iginla on the ice in the first place? And what was Calgary coach Jim Playfair thinking? Maybe he should change his name to Playdirty.
The Flames are a very good hockey team, but they showed no class in losing on Saturday.
more and some Stars/Cahucks talk too
from the Dallas Morning News via the Santa Barbara News,
The national Stanley Cup ratings on Versus are down six percent from last season to 0.02, an average of 268,000 homes per game. During the regular season, NBC averaged 1.34 million homes for its regionalized coverage of the post-lockout NHL. That’s less than half the homes that Fox attracted for its NHL coverage a decade ago.
more on the Dallas Stars ratings…
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