Once you get past July 2, the off-season goes from boring to excruciatingly boring. Yeah…I’m feelin’ it. This is the time of the year when we get ridiculously over-excited whenever someone even hints at a trade rumor.
Of course, you get your shockers like the Heatley-Havlat trade (it’s a good trade, but who’d a thunk?) and there’s the guessing game of Will Mike Modano (Finally) Retire? Even so, there’s still some Stars news, as meager as it all may be.
- Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott both signed one-year deals with the St. Louis Blues. Normally, this would be a “meh” signing, but once you realize it isn’t, it gets a lot more interesting. Doug Armstrong made these signings. The same Doug Armstrong who instituted perhaps the worst trade in Stars history when he traded Langenbrunner for Arnott. Oh the irony.
- Apparently Sergei Zubov is the new coach of St. Petersberg, per @ReporterChris on twitter. Good for him.
Now, darlings, I have some news. I got a job, so I can’t ensure that I’ll have enough time to post things anymore. Not that there’s really anything to post in the summer, but whatevs.
Since I can’t guarantee that I’ll be around here, you can find me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/SLStarsFan) or check out my Tumblr (http://bloominginbarbedwire.tumblr.com ) if you want to talk hockey.
Until then, see you later honeybees!
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.
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.