Richard Bachman owned that game. Sure Henrik Lundqvust was great, but Bacher was better. In a must-win– for pride and bragging rights, I mean– Bachman stood tall and owned an excellent Rangers team.
I wanted to win that one so incredibly bad. Not because I have any hard feelings about B-Rad but because I wanted us to prove that we don’t really need him. Brad Richards is a really nice guy, and I don’t blame him for leaving. Actually, I thank him for leaving. Had Nieuwy re-signed Richie, he wouldn’t have made the Stars a deeper team with the signings of Fiddler, Dvorak, Ryder et al. Of course the perfect scenario would have been to keep Richards AND sign those guys, but I’m content with how everything worked out.
Lost in the mix was the fact that we were also facing former Star Jeff Woywitka. In much the same way that I forgot his existence, I didn’t realize that he played for the Rangers until they were actually playing the game. Also similar was the way he flubbed the puck and allowed Trevor Daley to score his beautiful game-winner.
However, I was a bit sad that my darling Sean wasn’t able to play. I know everyone hates him, but he’s lovely…at least to me. But whatever. Considering the last time we played at MSG with Avery in the lineup, perhaps it’s better that he didn’t play.
I also forgot about the fact that Mike Ribeiro made his first return to MSG since his throat was attacked by that idiot Chris Higgins. I think people tend to forget that that happened, since Ribs kind of acts like it didn’t. It’s like he got his throat hurt, sat out some games, and came back without changing anything. It’s just one of those odd hockey things.
Next up: let’s get revenge against the Isles. Make it happen.
GO STARS GO.
After last night, the stars are currently 1-1 in preseason games thus far. They play St. Louis tonight, and I’m not expecting great things, unless the Blues put out their AHL roster.
But whatever. Let’s talk about Kari Lehtonen. None of these games have been (or ever will be) on TV, so I haven’t gotten to watch. But according to those who went to the Colorado game last night, Kari played his butt off to the tune of 32 saves and only one goal. It’s nice to see that he’s acting like a solid, legit number-one goaltender.
From the looks of the scoresheets, B-Rad is just picking up where he left off last season. He had the primary assists on both goals scored. I haven’t checked yet to see if he has hair this year, but that’s on my list of things to do. For B-Rad, the power is in the hair.
And how about Severin Blindenbacher? According to those who attended, he was really making a case for himself to be on the Big Stars this season. If you can recall, we signed him over the summer, and he’s kind of a Europe vet. I mean, Blindenbacher’s no rookie; he’s 27. I’m hoping that he gets a roster spot. He’s already making himself more useful that Matt Niskanen and that useless meatsack, Jeff Woywitka. Plus, he’s got one of the greatest names ever. If he makes the team, I’m greatly looking forward to calling him a mixture of “Blender,” “Severus Snape,” and “Blindy.”By the way, Blindenbacher will fit on a jersey. It’s got the same number of letters as Langenbrunner. Just in case anyone was curious.
Preseason doesn’t really matter, but it is getting me excited for hockey. The only thing preseason is good for is evaluating the youngsters, assessing whether Jonathan Cheechoo still has it in him (he doesn’t), and picking a backup goalie (the battle’s still, uhm, “raging”). I won’t believe anything until I see it for myself on October 8.
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Thje Stars announced the signing via their Twitter.
The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with defenseman Nicklas Grossman for $3.25 million.
How great is this? I mean, we all knew he’d be back, but this news kind of came out of nowhere. I guess I just assumed that with the length of time James Neal’s camp has been taking, Grossman’s would be that way as well.
On a more “serious” note, I think we signed Nick for a good price. He’s a good, solid defenseman who will only get better. He’s a massive presence and wears Derian Hatcher’s number well ( though not as ferociously). It’s a very cap-friendly hit for such a troubled cap.
I’m very excited for Grossman to be back, and hopefully he’s spent the summer getting meaner. I don’t think that this signing will mean anymore wins or anything, but it will guarantee that one of our favorite Swedes will be back.
Speaking of defensemen, I need to remind everyone that Jeff Woywitka exists. I often forget about that waste of (cap) space, and I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that he’s still a Star…much to our dismay.
Just keep that in mind.
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: