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from the Dallas News,
“I’m here to help the organization any way I can,” said Hull, who served as assistant to president Jim Lites last season.
When asked if that’s something he can seriously do, Hull responded confidently: “I don’t see why not. ... I’ve got a boatload of knowledge, and everyone has to figure out how to tap into it.”
Hull has a few ideas. He would love to simply open up a brain that has soaked up hockey since he was a kid watching his father, Bobby, and his uncle Dennis, and let the contents spill out. He would love to try the Jackson Pollock philosophy of pouring his paint onto a blank canvas to see what kind of masterpiece would appear.
But he’s smart enough to know better.
from the Star-Telegram,
A chill blew through the American Airlines Center on Monday as arena workers finished laying the ice for the start of the Dallas Stars’ season.
It takes an eight-person team 36 hours to create the 1-inch sheet of ice, using 10,000 gallons of purified water. Workers also spend several hours painting the Stars’ logo and sponsor names that are embedded in the ice….
First, the concrete floor is chilled to 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, using a wand system, crews spray water on the floor, gradually building the ice up layer by layer.
Workers paint logos and use tape to mark the blue and red lines and faceoff circles on the ice. More layers of ice are laid on top of the painted layer with the arena’s two Zamboni machines.
While adding the final layers, crews fracture the ice in several places and then fill in those cracks to help reduce the stress on the ice during a hockey game.
from Jerry Brown, East Valley Tribune columnist,
A new ad campaign for the Dallas Stars includes billboards that state, “The only thing our refs shave is the ice.” Is that how bad things have gotten for the NHL? You can’t sell your own sport, so attack the NBA’s problems in hopes of attracting a few stray fans?
NBA spin doctors are hard at work at a response. The early prototype: “Our games are on ESPN, not “The Cycling Channel.”
If you’ve seen the billboard near American Airlines Center, you might think the Stars should be sent to the penalty box for slashing another sport when it’s down.
Or you could soak in the message – “The only thing our refs shave is the ice” – and do what Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did.
“I think it’s hysterical,” Cuban said. “Good for them. It’s a fun ad.”
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from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has re-signed left wing Jussi Jokinen to a two-year contract worth $3.625 million ($1,812,500 average per season) through the 2008-09 season.
“Jussi has provided our team two consecutive productive seasons and we look for him to continue to grow his game with our club over the next two years,” said Armstrong. “We believe in his abilities to improve our hockey club and are happy to have him under contract for the next two seasons.”
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN, ast summer,
I figured the Stars might be taking a step backward. Instead, despite significant injuries to stars Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow, the club nearly matched the 112 points it registered in 2005-06 by finishing with 107.
This season, I again expect the Stars to finish with fewer points. Not too many, though. I see them with about 100 points….
They won’t miss Nagy, who never fit in after coming over from the Coyotes. They will miss Sydor, who logged more than 20 minutes per game. Veterans Eric Lindros and Matthew Barnaby won’t be back, either. Barnaby announced his retirement in July, while Lindros is expected to call it a career over the coming weeks.
Many of you know Mike Modano and pop star Willa Ford will be married tomorrow in a small ceremony in Athens, Texas.
You can know check out their crib (watch the vid)...
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed a two-year extension to its affiliate agreement with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The club won the 2007 Patrick J. Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL, and also won the league title as a development affiliate of the Dallas Stars during the club’s inaugural season of 2003-04.
“We are happy to continue our affiliation with Idaho and we are expecting continued success for the Steelheads,” Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong said. “Idaho has done an excellent job as a development affiliate for the Dallas Stars, and together with Iowa in the American Hockey League, we should continue to have a solid, coordinated partnership.”
From Dallas Stars press release,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that right wing Antti Miettinen has been awarded a one-year, $885,000 contract by a Toronto arbitrator.
Miettinen, 27, collected 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 74 games with the Stars last season. He ranked third on the team in hits (145) and logged an average of 14:19 minutes of ice time during the 2006-07 season. During the 2007 playoffs, he tallied two points (1-1-2) in four games.
“We’re happy to have this process behind us and to have Antti under contract for the upcoming season,” said Armstrong. “We accept the arbitrator’s decision as a neutral party.”
(If only they could all be so easy…)
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
One of the most enduring and respected figures in the Kings’ organization, Dave Taylor, will no longer be with the franchise.
Taylor’s contract expired June 30, and it is expected he is going to be hired by the Dallas Stars in a front-office capacity, according to a source familiar with the Kings, though nothing has been finalized.
Taylor, who played 17 seasons for the Kings and served as general manager for nine more until April 2006, on Thursday called his three-decade tenure with the team “very rewarding” and said he was “looking to a new challenge.”
This past season, Taylor served as the team’s director of amateur development and it appeared as though the Kings were poised to increase his role.
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