Monthly Archives: September 2009

2009-2010 Soundtrack to the Stars

I thought it would be fun to compile a list of songs for the new season since it’s just days away.  So without further ado, here’s my idea of the 09-10 Stars Soundtrack.  (Feel free to tell me any that I might have forgotten down in the comments.)

1. “Believe”- The Bravery; There’s gotta be something about this song since we did shockingly well in the 2008 playoffs with this as the theme song.

2.”Back in Black”- AC/DC; The Stars have black jerseys, and they’re back…so I really hope you understand why this song is on here. 😛

3. “Redemption Song”- Bob Marley;  If any team needs serious redemption, it’s the Stars.

4. “Rock n Roll Part 2”- Gary Glitter;  Well it’s the goal song, so it’s gotta be on here, right?

5. “Nothing Else Matters”- Metallica; It was this slogan that was used in’99 when they won their first (and so far, only) Stanley Cup.

6. “Gives You Hell”- All-American Rejects; This one’s for you, Sean Avery.

7. “Nobody’s Perfect”- Hannah Montana; Remember Stars, “Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days.”  Because sometimes, everyone needs a confidence boost in the form of Hannah Montana. 🙂

8. “Viva la Vida”- Coldplay; No one really knows what the heck this song’s really about, but it reminds me of the Stars.

9. “Know Your Enemy”- Green Day; It’s very hockey, don’t you think?

10. “Lost?”- Coldplay; To sum it up, the story of the entire 08-09 season.

11. “Stand”- Rascal Flatts; Every playlist needs a little country, and this is an  inspirational song that fits the bill.

12. “Louie, Louie”- The Kingsmen; Loui Eriksson’s theme song.

13 “Change”- Taylor Swift; Once again, a very inspirational song.  They used it in the Olympics, so why shouldn’t we use it here?

14. “Dallas Stars Fight Song”- Pantera; It’s our special song. 🙂

15. “We Will Rock You”- Queen; Finally, to wrap up the soundtrack, I’ve chosen the song that’s a staple in every sport.

Go Stars!

Here's some happy B-Rad. :)

Here's some happy B-Rad. 🙂

ESPN’s Take on Some Stars

Burnside and LeBrun launched some Top-10 lists concerning rookies, sophomores, and comeback players.  The rest of the list is here but all I care about are the Stars references.

First up is Fabian Brunnstrom in 10 Rookies/Sophomores to Watch This Season.

Fabian Brunnstrom, F, Dallas Stars
The Stars’ much-heralded rookie had an up-and-down first NHL campaign after being courted by seemingly half the league’s 30 teams last offseason. He played in only 55 games and had 29 points in 2008-09. His continued evolution will be a key to the Stars’ return to the postseason.

Then, there’s B-Rad and Marty Turco in 10 Players With Something to Prove This Season.

Brad Richards, F, Dallas Stars
The pride of Prince Edward Island redefined the term “bad luck” last season, when, in his first game back from a broken right wrist, he broke his left hand. Come on, is that even possible? Then, the 29-year-old star forward, a member of Canada’s 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship team and the 2006 Olympic team, was left off the Canadian Olympic camp invite list this past summer. You want motivation? Watch out for Richards this season in Dallas.

I thought the “bad luck” reference was kind of funny in a ridiculous sort of way. 😛

Marty Turco, G, Dallas Stars
In the last year of a deal that pays him $5.4 million this season, the 34-year-old Stars netminder is coming off the worst statistical season of his NHL career. But he worked extremely hard all summer and impressed in camp and the preseason. Whether the Stars have any real chance this season rides on his shoulders.

Very true.  But at the same time, very worrisome.

Come on Bunny, B-Rad, and Turco!  Let’s redeem ourselves!  Go Stars! 😀

Don’t Worry. It’s Only the Preseason.

The preseason is a time when veterans let it all slide and the prospects battle their hearts out for a roster spot.  I know that this is looking eerily like the slow start from last year, but I think it’ll all be okay.  Here’s why.

B-Rad has hair. 😛

See, last year, he shaved his head and the Stars were ATROCIOUS.  He’s working the shag this year, so hopefully that means good things for the Stars.

Here’s a look at B-Rad’s hair. (Photo by Flickr user PNLT_BX.)



We’ll see this Staurday, I suppose…

Preseason Musings

With every preseason game, we come a little bit closer to the real season.  Here are some things that I’ve noticed and heard during the preseason:

-This just might be the season that we see Brad Richards’ true colors.  He had an injury-riddled season last year, and we learned that he had off-season shoulder surgery.  Really, B-Rad’s all ready to go for this season.  And he’s been showing it by being the Stars’ best player during this preaseason.

Will we finally see the real B-Rad?

Will we finally see the real B-Rad?

-Jamie Benn is impressing me.  A lot.  Much more than Fabian Brunnstrom.  I don’t know if Bunny’s just having a rough time or what, but he’s in danger of losing his roster spot.  As much as I’d prefer to get Benn seasoned in the AHL, I can’t help but think that he could do some real damage here.

-Something’s off with Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow.  Those two haven’t been producing the way we know they can.  Possibly the absence of Jere Lehtinen?  I certainly hope that’s the case…

Dallas' Dynamic Duo

Dallas' Dynamic Duo

-From what I’ve heard, it sounds like the goalies have been solid.  No “bad” goals have been let in.  No one’s pulled a Marty Turco as far as I know…

-They’re still adjusting to Marc Crawford’s system.  I’ve heard it in quotes and from Mike Heika.  Hopefully they’ll have it down by October 3.

-Florida is the new Detroit.  You know how it is with certain teams.  They just always have our number and somehow step up their play whenever the Stars are the opponent.  Florida seems to be like that.

-For other teams, it sounds like Chicago is struggling.  They recently lost Adam Burish and lost a game to Washington AHL-ers.  That brings me to the Caps.  They’re for real this season.   They’re playing really, really well.  As much as I want the Stars to win the Stanley Cup, the Caps winning would be the second best thing.

-Ralph Strangis had a really nice send-off for Sergei Zubov here.

-And Dave Tippett is the new coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.  I’m thrilled that he got a job, since I think he was unfairly fired by Joe Nieuwendyk, but I hate that it’s in the same division.  That might make it tough.

Game against Colorado tonight.  If I was there, I’d tell them, “Don’t effing blow this.”  But, they probably will.   For some ungodly reason, they just can’t beat sucky teams. 😦

Worries and Concerns

Yesterday, I boldly stated that the Stars would win the Stanley Cup.  The likelihood that that will actually happen is very small, but if everything goes right, I think they really could.  

But, I have a few concerns with the Stars that might make them miss the playoffs yet again.  I’m not trying to depress anyone, but I’m serious;y worried about certain things.

1. Obviously the new GM and coach.  What if the Marc Crawford experiment ends up like the Sean Avery experiment?  I don’t think that that will happen, but it’s hard to forget the Bertuzzi incident. I’ll admit that when they announced Joe Nieuwendyk as GM, I got a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.  When Crawford became coach, that all went away.  It really concerns me.

2. The veterans are another year older.  Jere Lehtinen’s already injured, and Mike Modano is almost 40.  They’re solid players, yes, but the time will eventually come when we have to let them go.  That could very well be the end of this season.

3. Marty Turco.  What if last year was just a preview of this year’s Turco?  What if Marty has really lost it?  If we see last year’s imposter, the Stars are toast.  

4. We lost Sergei Zubov.  I always thought that Zubie was kind of the glue that held the team together.  When he played, the whole team looked better.  Now, he’s gone.  We lost a leader and the point on the power-play.

5. No true number-one defenseman.  As much as I love Stephane Robidas, he’s hardly a number one d-man.  We don’t have the guy who earns the big bucks.  The highest-paid defenseman is Trevor Daley, and he’s only paid $2.3 million.  This might come back to haunt them, or they’ll pull a Carolina and have successful no-names.

6. The teams around us are getting better.  San Jose acquired Dany Heatley.  Anaheim has added instrumental pieces.  LA’s kids are getting better.  Dallas is virtually the same team they were two years ago.  Will tougher opponents spell D-O-O-M for the Stars?

I’m not gonna lie, but I’ve lost some sleep thinking about all of this.  Hopefully none of the above are true, but I just had to get that out there.  The real test will be to get off to a faster start than last year.  The slow start was what really cost them.  I look forward to this year, and history shows that this should be a great year. 

Go Stars!!

My Bold Prediction…

You should record what I’m about to say, so that if I’m correct, I can feel really awesome and victorious.  Okay, here it is, my big, bold prediction:

The Dallas Stars will win the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Got that?  And guess what?  I actually have some reasons to back it up.


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Stars Season Previews

Several Stars previews came out today.  I gotta say, though, they weren’t very optimistic for the Stars.

Here’s Puck Daddy’s take with some awesome words from the man himself, Don Draper.

This is Yahoo! Sports’ Ross McKeon’s opinion.

Finally, TSN dares to say the thing I’ve always believed: With expectations low, the Stars could surprise.

Huh. Well that’s interesting, and at the same time a bit disappointing, but we’ll show ’em in the end. 😉

It’s Almost Hockey Time!

Training camp is almost here, and that means one very cheerful thing: Stars hockey is almost here. 😀

The official site has a training camp schedule up here.

Now, just some questions I’ve been pondering, but I’d like to know what you all think:

Will impressive prospects like Jamie Benn and Ivan Vishnevskiy make the team?

If those two make the team, who doesn’t?

Will training camp be a preview of the Crawford-era Dallas Stars?

And the more important questions about the season:

Is this Mike Modano’s final season?

Will Turco make the comeback of his life?

Has last season’s curse ended?

Will Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards come back from their injuries better than ever?

Can we beat the Red Wings again?

Will any of last season’s rookies have sophomore slumps?

Will the Stars make the playoffs?

I don’t know the answers to any of these questions, but like every hockey fan on Earth, October cannot come soon enough.  Go Stars!

some stuff.

I hope you guys aren’t too freaked out by changes, because I just gave the site a whole new look.  Sorry to those who hate it, but I’m not changing it.  So, too bad. 😛

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has so far taken the Stars Fan Survey.  I’ve gotten a ton of responses, and I’m enjoying reading them all.  If you haven’t taken it and still want to, you can drop me a line at:

A bit of former Stars news: Darryl Sydor got invited to the St. Louis Blues’ training camp.  I’m crossing my fingers for him to make the team. 🙂

After the jump, a little gift for those who are pining for Brenden Morrow.


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Philippe Boucher Retires

Yesterday, Bouche announced his retirement. This makes me incredibly sad, because I was pulling for the Stars to sign him, even though they have, like, a hundred defensemen.  I’m always game to take a former Star over a new guy.  That’s just how I am.

When I think of Boucher, I think of two particular things.  

First, is the 06-07 season.  It was by far, Boucher’s best season.  He scored a hat trick in November.  He made it to the All-Star Game in January.  Then, he had a franchise-record number of power-play goals by a defenseman.  That was a great year to be Philippe Boucher.

Unfortunately, my other rememberance (is that a word?) of Boo was the night that he broke his orbital bone after taking a puck in the face.  Whenever someone breaks their orbital bone (most recently Blair Betts in April), I think of Boucher.  I don’t know why that is, but the broken orbital bone is something I always associate with Boucher.

Sadly, he became more and more injury-prone over the years.  When we traded him for  Darryl Sydor in November, I think part of it was because of Bouche’s injury prone-ness.  It was something that we had to do. and at least it worked out for Boucher.

I’m going to miss Bouche like crazy, and hopefully he returns to hockey soon- as a coach, rather than a player.  He seems like he’d be a good coach, and I’d rather have him than this Charlie Huddy person we’ve got.

I’ll miss you, 43.