Tipp is pretty excited about the new season, as are we all. Losing in the first round for the third time probably made things seem pointless, but losing in the Western Conference Finals should make certain goals seem much more attainable. It was a step, much like the Vancouver series from the season before last.
“You’ve heard me say this a hundred times, confidence is earned. Confidence is not something that somebody just hands to you. You earn it through things like Game 6 in the San Jose series,” Tippett said.
Confidence is going to be a big player this year. Individual players built their confidence last season. Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Stéphane Robidas, Loui Eriksson, and many more stepped up for career seasons, both in stats and in leadership.
Now it’s time for them to combine it into some team confidence. They can say, “Hey, I’m pretty good at this,” then look around and say, “Hey, we’re all pretty good at this.”
One of the things I like most about Tipp is that he doesn’t like to burn bridges. He’s very complimentary about the players that left in the off-season, as well as the players that are joining the Stars this season.
On Hagman and Miettinen, who left as free agents, and Stu Barnes who retired to coach,
“Good people first and foremost, and good teammates,” Tippett said. “They do a lot more on the ice than they probably get credit for. You look at Stu, I always talked about him as a glue guy. When you’re a coach in critical situations and you’re looking down the bench for a guy to get the job done for you – whether it’s a faceoff, a hard thing on the wall, protecting the lead late in the game, killing a penalty or scoring a goal – all three of them had the capability of doing that. They certainly will be missed, but that’s opportunity for other players.
It’s a really nice interview with lots of information. I always enjoy hearing him talk. I’m really looking forward to pre- and post-game video of media scrums with Tipp (when he’s not too mad).