Sergey Zubov has given in and has had surgery on his broken foot. It appears they were hoping they could wait it out and let it heal but it’s not moving along like it should.
This will keep Zubie on the IR for another three to four weeks, hopefully to return in time to get in a few games before the playoffs start. The good news is that his groin issues should be completely healed by then, too.
This leads me to fret about the trade deadline (as if I ever stopped fretting about it for even one minute). Les Jackson claims Zubie’s surgery won’t have an effect on their plans for the trade deadline, and I hope that means that he was already not planning to trade any of the defensemen.
The prevailing wisdom is that the Stars are looking for a scoring winger and outsiders seems to think that we’ll give up everything we have for one. Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers comes up in rumors a lot, and I’d love to have him, but I don’t want to give up anything for him. I am deluding myself into believing that he’ll just be a rental for every team, save a select few. If he is traded to a team he’s not that thrilled with, we can try to sign him in the summer. If we’re one of the teams he’d like to sign with, we can sign him in the summer and not give up anything.
Brenden Morrow is pretty good friends with Hossa from their Junior days and I’m sure he’d not doing anything illegal, but he has admitted that he’s chatted with Hossa about how great it is to live in Dallas and what a high-class organ-eye-zation the Stars are. It would be perfect if we could sign him in the summer and keep everybody else, too.
I believe wholeheartedly that we have enough scoring. I know we didn’t last season, but this season we do! Right now, we’re 2nd in the West in goals scored, and only 4th in the entire league! What else do people want? We have half the team having career offensive years. Plus, the defense is still very highly-ranked, too. The penalty killing, of course, has been first in the league for many weeks now, and it’s still looking very good. Even the power play has crawled back into the top ten.
I’ve heard people say that there will probably a big trade because Brett Hull and Les Jackson will want to put their stamp on the team. If Hull and Jackson want to put their stamp on it and show they’re not Doug Armstrong, they should NOT make a trade. That would be different from what Army did, which was to make trades for the sake of making trades and giving up high picks and favorite players in the process. The off-season trades tended to work, and the deadline deals tended to not work.
Things are going very well. And jamming a stranger into the mix, and sending off a teammate, will more likely be a mistake than the missing piece.