Monthly Archives: July 2009

Games to Watch in 09-10

I’ve been a bit off the radar lately, but that’s only because I was on vacation in Arizona in, like, the middle of nowhere.  Anyway, here are the games I’ll be watching for sure next year:

Oct. 3 vs. Nashville- I very interested to see the “new” Dallas Stars under Marc Crawford.  Plus, I’m pining for the Stars and this is the first time I’ll see them this season.

 Oct. 28 vs. Toronto- We’d better win this game.  I want another 8-2 smashing over the Leafs, and more importantly, Jonas Gustavsson.

Nov. 7 @ Minnesota- Good things happen on November 7 to the Stars.  Modano scored his record-breaking goal two years ago, and one year ago, Mark Parrish scored a hat trick in his debut.  So what will we get this year?

Nov. 18 @ Detroit- Marty Turco may finally have battled his Detroit demons, so this one is a must-watch.  Playing Detroit is either an intense, yet entertaining match, or a drubbing on our part.  However, there is no feeling quite like the one you get when you beat Detroit.

Nov. 28 vs. Tampa Bay- It’s always interesting to see Brad Richards play against his BFF, Vinny Lecavalier.

Dec. 31 vs. Anaheim- So our New Year’s Eve game is against the Sucks?  I like it. 🙂

Jan 6. @ NY Rangers- Duh.

Jan. 8 vs. NY Islanders- Stars fans will get to see John Tavares for themselves.  Need I say anymore?

Mar. 8 @ Washington- My two favorite teams go head-to-head, but hopefully the Stars come out on top. 🙂

That happy feeling one gets when beating the Red Wings :D

That happy feeling one gets when beating the Red Wings 😀

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Life Without Sergei Zubov

As everyone knows, the chances of Zubie returning to the Stars are getting slimmer and slimmer.  There are several teams in talks with him such as the Rangers, Blues, and Blue Jackets.  The outlook isn’t positive for the Stars.

It just doesn’t look like we’ll get him back.  GM Joe will talk to him until the very end, but I just can’t see it happening that we’ll get Zubie back.  This completely devastates me. 

You just can’t replace Sergei Zubov.  And that’s the biggest problem for us.  No one has the vision that Zubie does or the patience and skill.  I’d love to say that Ivan Vishnevskiy is the next Sergei Zubov, but that’s not really fair to Zubie.  Zubie is special, one of a kind, and irreplaceable.

We all knew the day would come that we’d lose the best Stars defenseman ever, and that day may have finally come.  I must admit that I always thought Zubie would be a Star ’til the very end.  Now…not so much. 

However, Sergei Zubov will always be a Dallas Star in my eyes, no matter what jersey he’s wearing.  Then, when the hockey world loses him for good, and he retires, Zubie’s going to the Hall and 56 is going to the rafters.

Thanks for everything, Zubie.  I’ll miss you.

Zubie...almost gone. :(

Zubie...almost gone. 😦

Why Brad Richards Won’t Go to the Rangers

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Brad Richards is my favorite player, and lately, there’s been a lot of talk about how the New York Rangers are trying to pry him away from us.  The Rangers are out of options for number-one center, and with Saku Koivu gone, there are really no great UFA centers remaining.  Richards fits the bill perfectly for what they’re looking for.  Brad can’t go, and not just because I’d be devastated.

I mean, what would the Rangers give in return for Brad?  Wade Redden? 

The Rangers would have to give up one bloated contract to take on Brad’s $7.8 million.  Redden makes $6.5 million, and I just don’t think he’s worth that much.  If we’re going to pay a large amount to someone, I’d rather it be Brad Richards than Wade Redden.  The fact of the matter is, Brad helps the Stars win.

Remember when he went down with injury this season?  His injury was when everything fell apart for us.  In a way, the injury helped the team because it showed everyone how valuable he is.  Brad Richards is a difference maker.  He’s part of our core.  Would anyone from the Rangers bring that to the table?

I don’t think Stars management really wants to trade him, either.  If Tom Hicks’ financial situation became an issue, trading Richy would make sense, but until that happens, he’ll proabably stick around.  He’s a big part of the team, and management knows that.  Brad Richards is the reason we have two great scoring lines.  Take him away, and the only guy you’ve got to center the line, besides Mike Modano, is Tom Wandell.  I like Wandell, but I have more faith in Brad.

Brad Richards is also a great playoff performer, hence his Conn Smythe in 2004.  He doesn’t choke come playoff-time, like a certain team in our division.  Brad can come up with the clutch goals.  After all, he does own the record for most game-winners in a single playoffs with seven.  Also, I think it was Brad Richards that made the Stars go so far in the 2008 playoffs.  We have a proven playoff player on our team, and it would be stupid to give him up.

And lastly, and most importantly, Brad Richards has a no-movement clause.  He waved it once to come to Dallas.  I don’t think he’d waive it again.  He’s found his place here, and it was a tough thing for him to be traded.  He probably doesn’t want to go through that ever again.  Now, Brad’s a good guy; he waived the no-movement clause in Tampa because one of the big three (Richy, Lecavalier, and St. Louis) had to go because of money problems, and Brad needed a change of scenery, so he decided to be the one to go.  Even Brad Richards isn’t nice enough to waive it again, especially to go to  New York. 

Last season, Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro proved that they can carry this team as our center-men.  Who would want to mess that up?

Brad Richards can't go.  Ever.

Brad Richards can't go. Ever.

Caps Sign Brendan Morrison

I just have to say that I’m very happy for him.  The Caps are my second favorite team to the Stars, and it’s great that they signed him.  I liked Morrison during his short stay in Dallas.  I would have liked to keep him, but he was only a replacement for the injured Brad Richards.  I thought he fit well with the Stars, but he doesn’t really have a place now.

 I hope he enjoys playing with Alex Ovechkin, because for that, he rocks. 😉

Best of luck, other B-Mo. 🙂

Thanks for your short stint, B-Mo. :)

Thanks for your short stint, B-Mo. 🙂

Stars Preseason Schedule Released

Well, they released the preseason schedule today.  The real 09-10 schedule comes on the 15th.  It’s not like I’ll bbe going to any games though.  It’s hard to when you live in Iowa like I do. 😦

Anyway, here it is:

2009 Dallas Stars Pre-Season Schedule
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME*
Wednesday, Sept. 16 Tampa Bay Lightning American Airlines Center 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17 @ Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center
8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19
@ St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center
TBD
Tuesday, Sept. 22 Florida Panthers American Airlines Center 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ Florida Panthers Bank Atlantic Center 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Colorado Avalanche
American Airlines Center 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26
St. Louis Blues
American Airlines Center 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ Texas Stars (AHL) Cedar Park Center 7:00 p.m.
* (All times are Central times)

P.S. I kinda stole this from Dallas Stars.com.  Shh! Don’t tell! 😉

Fistric Resigned

And that makes me pretty happy.  Fishsticks is coming back!!  Yeah!  This makes me smile. 🙂 

 But now we’ve got, like, eight defensemen under one-way contracts.  Does that spell trouble?  We’ll see.

You know, Fishsticks.

You know, Fishsticks.

Stars Sign Jeff Woywitka

Woywitka is a defenseman from St. Louis.  He’s 25 years old and shoots left like everyone else. 

The big story here is that we now have eight defensemen under one-way contracts.  If Sergei Zubov decides to come back, one will definitely have to be traded.  These defensemen could be trade bait for other things.  Like say, a backup goalie.

If one has to be traded, it’ll probably be Trevor Daley.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Daley, but he’s the highest paid of the young guys.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Daley is gone by the end of the summer.  

Never mind about the trading for a backup stuff.  I just looked at Dallas Stars.com as I’m writing this, and it says we’ve acquired Alex Auld in exchange for that 2010 6th rounder we got from San Jose.  It’s funny how that happens. 🙂

Here’s the link:

http://stars.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=436560