The Dallas Stars obviously want to break up with me, but I just can’t let that happen.
• They fired Doug Armstrong and hired nutty Brett Hull.
• They traded Jeff Halpern and Mike Smith.
• They let Nik Hagman just walk.
• They signed Sean Avery (admittedly, they almost got rid of me with that one).
• They traded my beloved Philippe Boucher for
a bag of pucks Darryl Sydor.
• Instead of just firing Hull and letting Les Jackson take over, they demoted Jackson, too.
• They hired my original favorite player, Joe Nieuwendyk, to take over, which cannot end well favorite-player-wise.
• They fired my beloved coach, Dave Tippett.
• And if that weren’t bad enough, they hired Marc Crawford to replace him.
They’re obviously trying to get rid of me.
Well, it won’t work!
I expect the next few years to be a struggle. Even when the team is sold and Tom Hicks is finally out of the way, the Stars will still have a newbie GM and a mediocre coach and they’ll be drafting and signing players to fit a style that leans on offense and makes trouble for the defense.
The goalie has been decided on, based on a few games at the end of the season and his “upside.” We don’t know what Kari Lehtonen is really like up close, though. He had been injured for a year when we traded for him.
There’s no money to spend on defense and that’s the only thing that might keep them from wasting money on the likes of Sheldon Souray or Brian Campbell. I have no idea what Nieuwendyk would spend money on if he had a lot of it. I hope he doesn’t give it all to one guy and then chain the Stars to the guy for a decade. (Unless it’s, oh I don’t know, Mark Fistric or somebody.)
I hope the crazy fad of giving players 15-year deals will be passé by the time the new owners open up the budget.
The point is, it’s not going to be fun for a while, but I’m still going to be here.