Wanted: a full-time number-one defensemen for the Dallas Stars
Experience: minimum of five years in the NHL; maximum of 15 (sorry, Chelios)
Skills: ability to make smart decisions; good puck handling skills; the ability to make a defensive play without looking like a deep in the headlights; in other words, the opposite of Matt Niskanen
Are you an NHL defensemen who’s unhappy with your team? Well, the Dallas Stars might be able to help. Needed is a defensemen who can take over where Sergei Zubov left off two years ago. Besides, who wouldn’t love to be number-one?
The job is full-time, 82 nights a year (and possibly more if you do your job correctly!) with an excellent salary.
Call 214-GO-STARS if interested and ask for Joe Nieuwendyk. Please don’t ask for Brett Hull; he’s not right in the head when it comes to important stuff like this.
The Stars have extended offers to a number of RFAs including James Neal, Nick Grossman, Matt Niskanen…and Fabian Brunnstrom? Yeah, I don’t get it either about those last two.
I suppose that Niskers and Bunny could be signed to two-way contracts and get that AHL seasoning that they were originally deemed too good for. They’d have to go through waivers, but it’s not like we’d ever need them. I want both of them to have a season with the Baby Stars and then come back to the big leagues. That’s the ideal situation but it’s not likely.
Nope, two words: Trade. Bait. Maybe we could finally get that number-one defenseman we need! You know, Tomas Kaberle’s available.
I just can’t see why anyone would want Brunnstrom though. He’s a bust…as a Dallas Star. However, he might thrive in a different style of game for another team. Think Ville Leino being a bust for the Red Wings, before ultimately tearing it up with the Flyers.
I think the thing with Fabian is a pride issue more than anything. Nobody wants to admit that their big free agent signing was a bust. The Stars battled then Red Wings and won Brunnstrom, so I don’t think they’re going to give up on him after working so hard to get him.
I don’t know…that’s all I’ve got.