So let’s get some games going, for Pete’s sake.
This has been a long week. A long time to stew about what’s been going on. A long time to read articles and blog posts that lump our little Otter with the despicable Avery. Avery and Ott this. Avery and Ott that. It’s annoying.
But I’m learning to live with it. I still think that Otter, on his own, was already giving us all that Avery supposedly can give us. Now they’re competing to see who can get suspended first.
They’ve had time to work that all out now, during this painfully long week.
This five-day break could be just what the Stars need. They have had the last two games to seethe over for a while, then move past, then try to lighten up, and then try to tighten up. (See what I did there?)
When the game starts tomorrow night, a lot of things will be different. Our beloved Sergei Zubov will finally return. He has yet to play this season, but all indications are that he is fully up and running. He’ll bring several things with him: some calm, some fun, some smarts, and some confidence.
James Neal and Mark Fistric won’t be in the lineup because they were sent to the minors this week. Fistric was sent probably for some more seasoning, although he’s not the only one that could use it. He’s just the easiest one to send because of the salary cap situation. James Neal really should be staying up with the team, but he also is easier to send to the minors than, say, Crombeen, because he doesn’t have to go through waivers. I feel sure they’ll both be back soon.
Mark Parrish has joined the Stars this week. He was signed for a pittance on a two-way deal. (The salary cap is a much bigger player this year than ever before, thanks to Hully’s GM-ing.) Parrish was signed by the Wild a couple of seasons ago for way more than he was worth, so they eventually had to buy him out (so he is getting paid by the Wild, too). But I like the guy. I think he’ll do well on the Stars. He has a pretty bad career plus-minus, but the bulk of that was earned years ago on awful Islanders teams. He was plus for both of his Wild seasons. I think he’s just what they need — a veteran with a little skill, who’s excited to play, and who’s a right shot, which we hardly have any of. And who’s, you know, practically free.
I’m ready to watch them play again. I’m not mad anymore, boys. Let’s just do better this time.