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The Epic Showdown Between B-Rad and His BFF, Vinny…and Wandell’s OT Winner

Somehow overtime victories are much more rewarding than regulation ones.  They’re so…epic.  I mean, yeah, I’m mad about the blown lead, but it’s to my third favorite team in the whole wide world, so I can’t stay angry about that. 

Surprisingly enough, the Stars scored THREE power play goals.  Impressive.  You know, for them.

B-Rad rocked my socks, and got revenge for last year’s ATROCIOUS loss to the Bolts.  Sorry, Vinny and Marty, but Round 2 goes to B-Rad.

I’ve now jumped on the Tom Wandell bandawagon.  I HEART TOM WANDELL!  He’s awesome and he’s a Swede.   And his OT goal is three game-winners for him now.  Yeah, that’s the good stuff.

However, the worst part of the night was Niskers.  What are we to do about Niskanen?  To put it bluntly, that giveaway was HORRIBLE.  I’d say trade him to Toronto, but I’m afraid that Niskers lacks truculence.


But whatevs.  My slogan is: “A win is a win, no matter how sloppy.”

Which totally applies to last night.

Anyhoo, next game: Tomorrow vs. the Red Wings.  Let’s win this one, boys.

Go Stars!

I heart Swedes.

B-Rad the Big Brother

Today, I was reading on ESPN Dallas, and I found this article by Richard Durrett.  In it, he talks about how Brad Richards is acting big brother to James Neal.  I knew they lived together, but I never realized that Neal was, like, Vinny’s replacement.  It seems as though he’s B-Rad’s new BFF.

Apparently, the two are “inseparable, on and off the ice.”  How sweet.  It’s funny, though, because last season, I decided that Neal was my second-favorite Star to B-Rad.  When I first found out they were living together, I thought it was a bit ironic.

Like B-Rad took advice from Marty St. Louis in Tampa, Baby James is taking advice from B-Rad.  I think it’s pretty awesome 🙂

Link to the article is here.

Monday Morning Musings

I love using alliteration in the title 😛

Anyhoo, there’s just some things I wanted to point out leading up to tonight’s game.

For one thing, Perttu Lindgren was called up, and will make his debut tonight against LA.

Also, in non-Stars-related news, Vinny and Marty have been reunited!  You know, B-Rad’s BFF’s?  Well, I’m a Lightning fan, and I really like Vinny and Marty, so this makes me smile. 🙂

And how about Dave Tippett?  The Coyotes are leading the Pacific, and are seriously rocking everybody’s socks.  How ’bout Tippett, eh, Nieuwy? 

Speaking of the Pacific, did you know that only three points separate first from last?  The Pacific is going to be tough this year if everyone keeps it up.  I’m praying that Anaheim doesn’t.

Plus, the Maple Leafs suck.  I just wanted to point that out.  I feel sorry for my guys, Niklas Hagman and Luke Schenn, but as long as Jonas Gustavsson and Brian Burke are losing, I can’t complain.  Maybe Haggy and the Schennster can be traded to Washington for Michael Nylander?  Probably not, but that would make my day.

Bad news, though: B-Rad’s legs are sore, and he may miss tonight’s game; that’s why Lindgren was called up.  I don’t think that Brad will miss it though, because in Heika’s preview, B-Rad isn’t listed as an injury. Phew!

And I just wanted to say that I love how when I talk about players, I use their first name like I know them or something.  I’d like to say that I do, but I don’t.  Just one of my many quirks, I suppose. 😛

Here’s a prediction for tonight: Since Stars-Kings games, like, always go into the shootout, the Stars will finally win one because James Neal won’t hit the post and Ribs will do some awesome deke move that everyone freaks out about.

Go Stars!

Some Brad Richards News

Thanks to Andrew’s for the heads-up for letting us know that Brad hosted his annual celebrity golf tournament.  

And for some reason that I’ll blame on the goodness of Brad’s heart, “That Guy” was invited, but didn’t show up.  Obviously, he doesn’t care about helping kids with cancer and autism.

Other guests were: Vinny Lecavalier (well, duh!),  James Sheppard (Minnesota), Corey Perry (BLECH!!!!), and our very own James Neal :).

Here’s the article:

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 😀

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.

It’s Draft Day!

I gotta say, I’m pretty excited.  I’ve been waiting for this date awhile.  So, here are the big questions:

Tavares or Hedman first overall?

What will come of Vinny Lecavalier?

What about Dany Heatly?

Chris Pronger?

Marian Gaborik?

Jay Bouwmeester?

How about the goalie we’re trying to woo, Jonas Gustavsson?

And most importantly, who do the Stars take with the eighth pick?

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