Monthly Archives: June 2009

Juicy Deal for Jussi

For anyone who doesn’t know, Jussi Jokinen is my favorite former Star ever.  And Carolina resigned him for two years and $3.4 million.  I love that he’s having a good time in Carolina because he rocks.  It kind of makes me sad that he won’t come back to Dallas for at least two more years.  If we ever do get him back.  Boy, I really miss Juicy.

Jussi Jokinen, Shootout Assassin and Former Star

Jussi Jokinen, Shootout Assassin and Former Star

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Just Stuff

-Andrew’s is reporting that Jonas Gustavsson has narrowed it down to Dallas and Toronto. 

Which means his decision will most likely come tomorrow.  I’m nauseous thinking about it.  I want him here, like, crazy bad.

-It’s not exactly looking good that we’ll get Lehtinen and Zubov back.  It seems like they’re finally moving on.  I hear the Islanders are a great team to end your career in.  Bad joke, I know.

-Detroit’s GM, Ken Holland, isn’t optimistic about resigning playoff jinx free agent, Marian Hossa.  Not that I actually care, though.

-JayBo aka Jay Bouwmeester is headed to Calgary.  So, basically, he’s not coming here.

-In the saddest news ever, the OxyClean guy, Billy Mays has died.  I think I’m sadder about him than Jacko.  Sigh. 😥

Other Stars Picks

The Stars selected four more forwards in rounds 2-7:

Round 2, 38th Overall: Alex Chiasson

-There was no doubt in Chiasson’s mind that he was going to Dallas.  They were basically the only team he talked to.   It’s good to know that they got a guy they really wanted.   Keep in mind, that he’s conveniently a right wing.

Alex Chiasson, pronounced, "shay-sawn."

Alex Chiasson, pronounced, "shay-sawn."

Round 3, 69th Overall: Reilly Smith

-Once again, the Stars chose a right wing.  He’s speedy and Canadian.  That’s all I know.

Round 4: none

-This was part of the Brad Richards deal last year.

Round 5, 129th Overall: Tomas Vincour

-He’s yet another natural right wing, but people question his consistency and “soft-ness.”

Round 6, 159th Overall: Curtis McKenzie

-They switched it up a little and got a left wing.  He’s got a good attitude to make up for his scoring ability.

Round 7: none

-This was traded to San Jose for their sixth round pick next year.

A lot of these players look like they were chosen for having good attitudes and a lot of heart.  I really like the sound of that.  🙂

About Scott Glennie

First things first, the reason we didn’t take Cowen or MPS was their work ethic issues.  Scott Glennie is known to be a hard worker, so he’ll fit just fine with the Stars.  The issue with Glennie with everyone was that he was only Brayden Schenn’s finisher. 

Well, he’s not.  Schenn even spoke up for Glennie, talking about how great a player he is. 

Glennie’s got speed and skill.  He can play center and wing and he’s a great skater.

Here’s some stuff from his NHL.com profile:

• In 12 playoff games, Glennie helped the Brandon Wheat Kings reach the Western Hockey League Conference Final against the Calgary Hitmen, finishing tied for fourth in assists (15) and tied for ninth overall in points (18).

• He led the Brandon with a 1.27 points-per-game average, totaling 70 points (28-42-70) in 55 games in 2008-09. Nine of his 28 goals were game-winners, placing him third in the WHL.

• Representing Canada for the first time at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, he recorded three points (2-1–3) in four games, helping Canada win gold. Also participated in the 2008 World Under-17 Challenge, winning bronze as a member of Team West.

• Glennie finished fifth in rookie scoring with 58 points (26-32–58) in 2007-08, after teaming up with fellow rookie linemates Brayden Schenn (No. 4 ranked) and Matt Calvert (selected by Columbus, 127th overall in 2008) as one of the highest rookie scoring lines in recent WHL history (193 combined points).

• Prior to playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, he scored 31 goals in 38 games with the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA and was named to the league all-star team as well as selected as the team MVP.

• His older brother, Donnie, played in the WHL for Tri-City (2005-06) and Chilliwack (2006-07).

• Glennie began skating at the age of three and played his first year of hockey with the Varsity View Falcons at the age of four. He also played minor hockey for the Assiniboine Park Rangers, Winnipeg Monarchs and the Winnipeg Wild.
• His childhood hockey hero was Mario Lemieux – “he was fun to watch and one of the greatest players of all time” and he credits his family as having the biggest influence on his career for helping him develop his passion.

• Quiznos is part of his pre-game ritual for home games and winning the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in Slovakia is his most memorable hockey moment.

I like how nine of his 28 goals were game-winners, meaning that he’s a clutch player.

And did I mention that his favorite player is Alex Ovechkin?  He’s, like, the first one to not say Sidney Crosby.  That’s awesome. Yeah, I love him.

Scott Glennie, aka "One of My new Favorite Players"

Scott Glennie, aka "One of My new Favorite Players"

Stars Choose Scott Glennie

Our brand new righht wing, Scott Glennie

Our brand new righht wing, Scott Glennie

I gotta say, I love that Nieuwendyk drafted for need rather than skill.  We desperately needed a natural right wing, and we now have that in Glennie.  Besides, he seems like a really good kid. 🙂  And if we couldn’t have Brayden Schenn, we got his good friend and teammate.

Sadly, the guy I wanted to draft, like, badly, Jordan Schroeder, the midget went to the Canucks.  Oh well…

As expected, John Tavares went to the Islanders, Hedman the Bolts, and so on…

Random Facts and Thoughts

-Jonas Gustavsson won’t make his decision today, but he’ll have his mind made up most likely by Sunday or Monday.  And hopefully he chooses the Stars.  I’ve got my fingers crossed. 🙂

-It’s starting to sound inevitable that we’ll draft either Magnus Pajaarvi-Svensson or Oliver Ekman-Larsson.  Like I’ve said before, I’m on the Jordan Schroeder bandwagon, and he’s still an option.  As are Dmitri Kulikov, Ryan Ellis, and Jared Cowen.  One or both MPS and OEL will most likely be available by number eight, and if the Stars draft for skill and to keep building that Swedish-ness we’ve adopted, one of them is ours.  The question is, which one?

-The Matt Niskanen-and-8th Overall Draft Pick-for-Tomas Kaberle rumor has been shot down by Dallas personnel.  I’m very glad to hear this, because I love Nisky too much to see him go.  And I already love our number eight pick even though I don’t know who it is.  I get waaaaay too attached to these players, I know. 🙂

Niskers, I'd be sad to see you go.  So, just, don't.

Niskers, I'd be sad to see you go. So, just, don't.

Right Now I Love Jason Kay of THN

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/26933-THNcom-Blog-Costly-choices.html

That’s the URL for Jason Kay’s blog entry today.  Here’s the quote that makes me so, so happy:

Early, early choice for comeback team of 2009-10? The Dallas Stars. –Jason Kay

Yeah that’s right!  We’re gonna be the comeback team of next year.  I think that just made my day. 😀

The comeback kids. :)

The comeback kids. 🙂