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The Poster Boys

For quite a few years, I’ve had a poster hanging in my room beside my bed.  This poster has three beloved guys on it: Mike Modano, Marty Turco, and Sergei Zubov.  I looked at this poster the other day, shortly after the news broke that we wouldn’t be resigning Modano, and felt a dagger go through my heart.  I realized that all of the guys on my poster were no longer Dallas Stars.  It’s really a sad time in Stars history.  The “poster boys” are all gone…

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From Russia, Without Love

Today the roster for the Russian Olympic team  was released.  I scanned the list, and saw the usual suspects: Ovechkin.  Malkin.  Datsyuk.  Kovalchuk.  Markov.

But no Zubov. 

I checked again, but still no Zubov.  Why?

Does the Russian GM not recognize talent when he sees it?  Is he blind?  How could he leave the highest-scoring Russian defenseman ever off the team?

It broke my heart.  Zubie is so highly underappreciated, and I hate it.

I’ll still find it in my heart to root for Russia, since I love Ovechkin and Datsyuk, but not as much as if Zubie’d made the team.

Maybe come Olympic time, the Russians will regret their poor decision not to include the great Sergei Zubov…

Sergei Zubov, Dallas Star 1996-2009

Here is my tribute to one of the greatest, most underrated defensemen to ever play the game, and arguably the best d-man the Dallas Stars have ever had.

It all started on June 22, 1996 when the Stars stole acquired Sergei Zubov from the Penguins for Kevin Hatcher.  Who’d have thought that this would be one of the best, if not the best, trades in franchise history.

Zubie made this team what it was.  For the past thirteen years, he’s been our number one defenseman.  A leader.  A huge part of the franchise. 

I don’t know what I’ll miss most about Zubov.  His silky smooth moves?  Him rocking the point on the power-play?  Those scary-cool no-look passes?  His calmness?  His mentoring skills?

I’m just gonna plain miss the guy and everything about him.

I always took pride in knowing that Zubov was the most underrated player in the league, his only recognition being a Norris nomination in 05-06.  Maybe I’m just being a homer here, but Zubie deserved more than simply one Norris nomination.  He should have received at least one trophy, if not five of Nick Lidstrom’s.  Zubie wasn’t just any underrated talent, he was our underrated talent. 🙂

Zubie was always a quiet, humble guy.  He never said much, but he let his play do the talking.  Zubov never sold himself, either, even though with that talent could have. He drew the respect from players around the league because they at least knew he was something special.

I’ve always loved how he looks so happy when he’s on the ice.  Seeing the way he glowed was just priceless.  It’s times like that that you realize how much he loves playing hockey.  It’s painful to know that I’ll never see that again.

To me, the worst part about this whole thing is the fact that Zubov never got a proper final game.  It was just a random game in the season and nobody knew it was his last.  He never got a standing ovation or a final circle around the ice in Dallas.  Someday, we will honor him properly.  We just have to.

It’s been known for awhile that we probably wouldn’t get him back, but that still didn’t numb the shock or the pain when I saw that he was leaving us for good.  It kills me to know that he will never play another game for the Stars.  Ever.

As sad as it is that he’s departing for the KHL, I would have been devastated to see him sign for anyone else in the NHL. 

With Zubie going to Russia, it’s sort of  touching to know that he ended his NHL career with the Stars.  Zubov is a Dallas Star through and through.  I’d like to tell him,  “Thank you,” for that, because in a way, he repaid the franchise for everything.

I cannot wait for the day when 56 is raised to the rafters of the American Airlines Center.

Thanks for everything, Zubie.  I wish you nothing but the best.  56 to the rafters!

Sergei Zubov, Dallas Star Forever

Sergei Zubov, Dallas Star Forever

Life Without Sergei Zubov

As everyone knows, the chances of Zubie returning to the Stars are getting slimmer and slimmer.  There are several teams in talks with him such as the Rangers, Blues, and Blue Jackets.  The outlook isn’t positive for the Stars.

It just doesn’t look like we’ll get him back.  GM Joe will talk to him until the very end, but I just can’t see it happening that we’ll get Zubie back.  This completely devastates me. 

You just can’t replace Sergei Zubov.  And that’s the biggest problem for us.  No one has the vision that Zubie does or the patience and skill.  I’d love to say that Ivan Vishnevskiy is the next Sergei Zubov, but that’s not really fair to Zubie.  Zubie is special, one of a kind, and irreplaceable.

We all knew the day would come that we’d lose the best Stars defenseman ever, and that day may have finally come.  I must admit that I always thought Zubie would be a Star ’til the very end.  Now…not so much. 

However, Sergei Zubov will always be a Dallas Star in my eyes, no matter what jersey he’s wearing.  Then, when the hockey world loses him for good, and he retires, Zubie’s going to the Hall and 56 is going to the rafters.

Thanks for everything, Zubie.  I’ll miss you.

Zubie...almost gone. :(

Zubie...almost gone. 😦

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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