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Last season, the Stars had the second-best penalty kill in the league. These were our penalty killers, in order of short-handed time-on-ice per game.

2007-08:
Mattias Norstrom – 3:14 (retired)
Sergei Zubov – 3:02
Philippe Boucher – 2:49 (traded)
Stu Barnes – 2:37 (retired)
Jere Lehtinen – 2:27 (injured)
Trevor Daley – 2:24
Steve Ott – 2:21 (injured)
Niklas Hagman – 2:16 (released)
Matt Niskanen – 2:11 (scratched)
Stephane Robidas – 2:11
Nicklas Grossman – 2:11
Mike Modano – 1:57
Brenden Morrow – 1:44 (injured)
Mark Fistric – 1:17 (demoted)

These are the ones we have left.

2008-09:
Stephane Robidas – 2:38
Trevor Daley – 2:34
Nicklas Grossman – 2:23
Mike Modano – 1:55
Sergei Zubov – 1:52

Sure, lots of other guys are out there on the penalty kill now, but they’re not that good at it.

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It’s just preseason. It’s just preseason. It’sjustpreseasonit’sjustpreseasonit’sjustpreseason.

Still, they need to get to work. I’m listening to the game on the radio, finally hearing our beloved Ralph and Razor calling the game (speaking of signs). It’s tied right now, but they should be smacking the Blackhawks right now. They’ve had a ton of power plays so far in the game, and in the preseason.

Ulfie Dahlen left to coach Frolunda in Sweden and may have forgotten to do the “knowledge transfer,” as we corporate drones like to call it. Razor started to make the point during tonight’s game that Dahlen’s main project as an assistant coach has been the power play. It did us a lot of good in the playoffs and it was also pretty good during the regular season last year, so we’re going to need it again this year.

It’s hard for me to know for sure whether our power play was dominant in the Anaheim series or Anaheim was just poorly defending it. But the Stars scored a lot on the power play then. Missing during that time was the quarterback, Sergei Zubov, and consequently it had a different look. It had a lot of movement and it was unpredictable. When Zubie returned in the Sharks series, it started to look more familiar, and not just to me. I still think Zubie should run it, but Robidas should have some say, too. When he was standing in for Zubie, he mixed it up a lot more and they scored a lot more. I feel confident that Tippett could see this and will make the necessary adjustments.

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Mark, over at Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page, chatted with Dave Tippett recently about the upcoming season.

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.”

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Stu Barnes has announced his retirement from playing in the NHL. That’s the bad news. The good news is that he’s signed on as an assistant coach.

It’s really too bad that he has to retire so soon. I hate to seem him go out because of a concussion. He says he’s symptom-free, but hasn’t tested it at game-level yet. I’m glad to hear that.

I really like Stu Barnes. I really had no idea who he was when he first came to town. I vaguely remembered him from the Stanley Cup run in 1999, since he was a Buffalo Sabre at the time. I was not a sophisticated observer back then and the reason he stood out for me was because he had such a cool, retro first name. I also remember the broadcasters raving about his play and his leadership.

He’s one of those players, to me, that seems to have just arrived and to have always been here, at the same time. I’m surprised at how long ago it was that he was traded here, but I can’t remember what it was like when he wasn’t here.

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Please don’t go, Stu!

I don’t know how we lucked out so much that we have had Stu Barnes here for five years. It seems like just yesterday that he came to town at the same time it seems like he’s always been here.

Stuuuuuuuuuuu, as he’s affectionately called, is trying to figure out if the concussion he suffered in the playoffs is going to force him to retire. I really hope it doesn’t, because the Stars would really miss him.

When a guy’s name rhymes with “Boo” it’s not uncommon for fans to call his name whenever they can. Whenever he touches the puck, the fans yell, “Stuuuuuuuuuuu!” I always love it when a new fan asks me, “Why are they booing him?” They’re not booing, they’re Stuuuu-ing!

Stu’s one of the team leaders and has been since the first day he set foot in the dressing room. (more…)

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It took me a little while to notice, but the Dallas Stars have some adorable Draft Day videos up on DallasStars.com.

Steve Ott looks about the same age now as he did back in 2000 when he was the Stars’ first pick. Even on the day he was drafted, they knew he was going to be an agitator. He was a big-time scorer with the Windsor Spitfires, too.

Stu Barnes looks so adorable! Look at that smile! He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets (defunct) in 1989 and he “[struck] a blow for the little guy,” according to the announcers. He already had a reputation for being a character guy and it has proven to be well-deserved.

Brenden Morrow was unfortunately nicknamed “Chunks” as a kid, apparently, but I think he’s showed them. He also was just dripping with adorability as a kid. The announcers in 1997 thought 5′ 11″ was a lack of size. Times have changed.

And Mike Modano was the cutest of all. He was the first overall pick in 1988 and he was pretty overwhelmed, I think. There was talk all the way up to the moment of the first pick that it could either be he or Trevor Linden. He is embarrassed today by that haircut, but I’d venture to say it wasn’t his worst over the years. He made up for it by wearing a normal suit. In 1988 there was no telling what kind of outfit he could have chosen. His y’know-laced interview is priceless. He said he hoped to turn around the club and did he ever. That was twenty years ago.

The Draft just might be my new favorite thing.

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Dallas 2, San Jose 1
Dallas 1, San Jose 2

The games are too close together! The Stars can’t recover from the first one in time for the second one, and neither can I.

Game 3 on Tuesday night was the kind that makes hockey great. It was high-tempo and exciting and tense and close and we won. What else could you ask for?

Then Game 4 started less than 24 hours later and it was still exciting and tense, but at a much slower pace and we lost. So it left a lot to ask for.

Game 4 in any series is hard to win. While only two teams in the history of the NHL have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, I’m sure a LOT of them have won the fourth game before eventually being eliminated. The Sharks are on the edge of the cliff. They didn’t have to worry about their pride, since things were already terrible, or whether they’d have anything left for future playoff games, so they could come out swinging. There was no reason to hold anything back.

Now that we’ve seen what they’ve got when they’re cornered, hopefully we can beat them.

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