Monthly Archives: January 2011

Go Team Lidstrom! Woooo.

I have to admit, the first-ever fantasy draft was a lot of fun to watch.  Sure it had its awakward moments, like when Team Lidstrom discussed strategy apparently unaware that we could totally hear them, and when Pierre McGuire and the other TSN guys took it all waaaaay too seriously (“I like Team Lidstrom’s strategy” etc.)

But it was all fun!  Obviously, B-Rad and Loui ended up on the same team, that team being Team Lidstrom.  Luckily, Marty St. Louis remembered his old BFFF B-Rad and chose him, saying “I texted him at break and asked if he’d be ok with switching from center to wing.”  Loui was one of the final three, but was chose by countryman Lidstrom before he could become Mr. Irrelevant.

Speaking of Mr. Irrelevant, that ended up being the Leafs’ Phil Kessel, whose irrelevancy provided some comedic fodder in the form of Alex Ovechkin capturing the moment on his phone:

That’s why I love you, Ovie.

Also hilarious was Jonathan Toews’ bitchface, which just screams meme:

What’s funny is that he seemed genuinely angry.  I also wonder if Pat Kane and the other captains conspired to mess with Tazer’s head. By the sounds of their conversations, I think they might have.

Also memorable was matt Duchene going on about how this was like The Bachelor and peoplle would be voted off the island…and how funny he thought his own joke was:

I love that kid.

I really enjoyed the fantast draft as the means of picking the teams.  It certainly provided many fantastic moments that made me giggle.  Should be an interesting ASG.

GO TEAM LIDSTROM.

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Ouch.

That really hurt.  I mean, it really, really hurt.  7-1, Stars?  Really?  Against the Canucks, a team I hate with passion?

As I didn’t watch past the first period, I don’t know how sloppy and atrocious it got.  So…I’m not exactly the best person to analyze the game.

Instead of crying over that travesty, let’s all giggle at this gif, featuring our old goalie, Marty Turco!

It just keeps getting better.

Wins against the Kings are a rare thing for the Stars, so the one last night is something to cherish.  Going into the game, it seemed incredibly unfair that the Stars’ long-awaited national attention came against a team that has had our number for many years.  Plus, it was Jamie Langenbrunner night!  How unfair that his 1000th game comes in a game we were sure to lose!

Worry not, my lovelies, because everything turned out all right.  The Stars won, to the tune of two power play goals, including a game-winner by the man of the night, J-Lags.

Add a thrilling penalty shot save by Kari Lehtonen with less than a minute left in the game, and you have yourself an epic win.  Did I mention that he made that save with LESS THAN A MINUTE LEFT IN REGULATION?  Pretty neat, eh?

It’s time to accept that this team is really, truly for real.  They played outstanding last night against a team they were almost surely going to lose to.  But did they give up? Hell no.  Last year’s Stars would have gawked at the one goal deficit and lost their confidence.  But this year’s Stars…they’re different.  The mentality in the room is a strong, confident one that asks, “Why not?” when facing a tough opponent.  Why not beat the Kings?  Why not lead the Pacific?  We can…so why not?

You’d better believe it.

GO STARS.

Good-Bye, Fabian Brunnstrom!

An ode to Fabian Brunnstrom, Mean Girls-style…

He’s so pathetic. Let me tell you something about Fabian Brunnstrom. We were best friends two seasons ago. I know, right? It’s so embarrassing. I don’t even… Whatever. So then in 09-10, Fabian stopped scoring, and Loui Eriksson become my favorite Swede and I rooted for him, and Fabian was like, weirdly jealous of him. Like, if I would blow him off to cheer on Loui, he’d be like, “Why didn’t you cheer for me?” And I’d be like, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” So then, for the 10-11 season, the Stars was like, “Fabian, we can’t invite you, because we think you’re bust.” I mean we couldn’t have a bust at our party. There were gonna be players there in their *prime*. I mean, right? He was a BUST. So then his mom called Joe Nieuwendyk and started yelling at him, it was so dumb. And then he dropped off the face of the earth to the AHL because no one would talk to him, and he came back now because he’s traded, and all of his hair is cut off and he’s totally weird, and now I guess he’s on crack.

It’s been fun, Fabio.

You Go, Jamie Benn

The Bennster had an ok goal.  Look:

Not bad, eh?

Here it is in gif form:

GO STARS.

Welcome Back, Langenbrunner

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the Stars acquired Jamie Langenbrunner for a conditional third round pick.

I actually really love this trade.  Last night on Twitter, I was all in denial and saying that we didn’t need Jamie and random stuff like that.  My worries were that we would give up one of the roster players or prospects and that it would affect the chemistry we’ve already had going.

Well, now I only have to worry about the latter.  I love the Stars and future Stars so much that I can never bear to see them get traded.

And like I said, I love this trade.  For one thing, Jamie knows the organization and likes Dallas, so he won’t have a hard time adjusting to those things.  Also, he could end up being some kind of catalyst in making the playoffs or even a good playoff run.  You know, like Mike Keane was back in ’99.

This could be good.

GO STARS GO.

On Sean Avery…

Look, I like Sean Avery. As crazy as it sounds, I am a Dallas Stars fan who likes him. I think that Sean is so different from most hockey players that people don’t know how to handle him. The Stars certainly didn’t.

So many Stars fans are quick to jump the gun and blame Avery when asked why we sucked in the 08-09 and 09-10 seasons. Well…it’s not quite like that.

Yes, signing Avery was a mistake. He just didn’t fit in personality-wise and hockey-wise in Dallas. I was all too happy to cut ties with him after the ‘sloppy seconds’ incident. Not because I disliked him, but because I didn’t like him on the team. That signing was doomed from the start (partially because Brett Hull was a fool who let his prior friendship with Avety get in the way of his duties as GM).

The thing is, one player does not make a team. It’s unfair to lay all of the blame on Sean Avery as to why our team was so mediocre the past two seasons. Things did NOT get better after he left. Honestly, the Stars were just a mediocre team

After making a miracle playoff run to the West finals, Mattias Norstrom and Stu Barnes had retired in the off-season. Antti Miettinen and Niklas Hagman were lost through free agency. These losses hurt more than people realize.

Another issue was the fact that Marty Turco kind of lost his mojo, and we didn’t have a proper backup. Goaltending is HUGE, especially in the Big Bad West. Marty failed to win games we needed him to win for us.

The great Sergei Zubov barely played that season, too. You don’t really appreciate guys like Zubie until they’re gone. He had season-ending hip surgery and left for the KHL the following summer.

Last season brought about a new GM and a new coach. I believe that the adjustment to a new system was the cause for our mediocrity last season. It’s tough to adjust, especially when pure offense has never really been the norm in Dallas.

Now that we’re good again, does the Avery mess even matter anymore? Those two seasons of mediocrity were a necessary evil of growing pains. But they aren’t Sean Avery’s fault. He might have made our lives a little tougher, but it’s not 100 percent his fault.

Tomorrow night, Avery plays in Dallas for the first time since November 20, 2008. Boo him if it’ll make you feel better. Whatever. But after tomorrow, it’s time to move on.

Don’t live in the past. Live in the now, because things are so, so wonderful for the Stars.