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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!

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I think it’s a good idea. It’s not the only good idea, but it’s one of them.

As you have probably heard, the Dallas Stars are bringing Joe Nieuwendyk back to town to be the General Manager. He was one of the biggest keys to the Stars’ Stanley Cup win in 1999 and he helped take the team back to the Finals the next year.

Then Doug Armstrong decided to put his stamp on the team and traded Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner to the New Jersey Devils. (This whole “putting your stamp on the team the minute you take over” thing hasn’t worked out that well. See: Brett Hull.) I was crushed that day, let me tell you. I was only three years into my hockey obsession and I figured that was the end of it. I had decided halfway through the Cup run that Nieuwy was my favorite player, and Jamie was a close second. How was I going to be a Stars fan if both of them were gone?

NHL Center Ice saved me, but that’s another story.

So, I’m all for Joe Nieuwendyk coming back to town. (more…)

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Dallas 0, San Jose 1
Dallas 1, Chicago 3

BradG, in the comments section of Mike Heika’s post about Toby Petersen’s broken foot, explains it all:

The hockey gods called.

They said, “Even if we have to injure every single Dallas Star, you’re not making the playoffs this year.”

During the Chicago game, when the Stars were meandering around and not really doing much, Razor kept saying that they’re just not as good as the Blackhawks. I am not ready to debate that right now. I don’t like to think that that’s true, because I am used to the ‘Hawks being terrible. I see that they’re not terrible any more. I see that they’re legitimate this season.

But I’m not ready to say that we’re not as good as they are.

Now, the Sharks? We might not be as good as they are.

We are limping along with a team made up mostly of recently ex-AHL players. Bob Sturm was making this point on BaD Radio today, and I think it’s a good one. These are pretty good players, most have the potential to be great, but half the team was in the minors this season or last season. Several were in the minors a month ago.

Now that Petersen is injured, we’re really low on centers. I guess it’s a good thing our centers are the ones being injured, because we have a lot of them. But even with our big pile, we’re running out.

I took my friend Chris (in Allen) to the Chicago game and we had a great time (except for the score). I have a hard time seeing what’s really going on in a game I’m seeing live. (more…)

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Actually, the story about Doug Armstrong joining the St. Louis Blues is true. There were also some rumors about him planning to interview with Toronto. Well, those were true, too, he just cancelled the interview when he signed on with the Blues.

I’m glad that he has a new job. He’ll be hanging around their front office until the current GM, Larry Pleau, retires in two years, then he’ll become their GM.

I was upset when he left, then kind of glad after I looked at both his tenure and the change that came over the team when he left, and now a little nostalgic for him. I think he did us a lot of good, and he made a few mistakes, just like any other GM. The Stars’ success over the last few years shows he wasn’t the kind of failure that other teams are suffering from their GMs, but the change in the atmosphere and the relative success in this year’s playoffs shows that moving on isn’t a bad idea, either.

Army was on with Bob and Dan on The Ticket on Friday afternoon and was talking about how he was really glad to see everybody doing so well. He and Les Jackson are still really close friends, having worked together for so many years. I’ve always thought he seemed like a straightforward guy who really loved the Stars. I hope he can find the same kind of love for his new team.

Now, the rumor that everybody is reporting as true is that the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to fire John Tortorella and hire Barry freakin’ Melrose to coach them.

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Tom Hicks has re-upped Les Jackson and Brett Hull as co-General Managers of the Dallas Stars.

They were originally “interim” co-GMs but now it’s official, and for three years.

Personally, I like the idea. Obviously, they’ve done a good job in their first year, mainly by not screwing anything up. But they’ve also made a big impression in their own right.

The two big moves that most people point to are the trade for Brad Richards and the signing of Mike Ribeiro to a five-year deal.

I think they each made an unheralded impact on the team, too. Brett Hull reminded Modano and Morrow to get open in the slot, and Les Jackson told Dave Tippett to play the kids.

I was pretty upset when Doug Armstrong was fired, but I came around pretty quickly. If he had still been here when Zubov and Boucher were both out with injuries, he’d have gone out and signed some over-paid veteran at the end of his career rather than have three rookies on the blueline (which made 24-year-old Trevor Daley the seasoned veteran).

Jackson and Hull immediately loosened up the atmosphere when they came on board. Most of all, they encouraged the coaches to play the kids. And because of that, there’s a whole new optimism surrounding the team, and a new anticipation for the years ahead.

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Dallas 5, Edmonton 4 (OT)

I like to think of myself as a pretty sophisticated hockey-watcher. I know I’m kidding myself, but I still like to think that. But when I see a game in person, I miss a LOT. I thought it was a great game, but reading some other recaps leads me to believe that it was even greater than I thought.

The guy next to me was really nice, but he said, “Boy, this is a sloppy game,” about twenty times. I thought it started out that way, but it really improved in the second period and into the third. There was a lot of scoring for a game that I’m going to call good, but it was very exciting.

Matt Niskanen continues to impress me. I keep waiting for him to be tripped up by all the praise he gets. You’d think the other teams would have heard of him by now and realized he needs to be reckoned with. It’s entirely possible that they have and they’re trying, but he’s just that good. Even Sergey Zubov himself can’t say enough about him.

“It’s like being reborn playing with him, honestly,” Zubov said. “He has so much patience and it seems like it’s so easy. It isn’t, but he makes it look easy.”

There were reports that Zubie was very upset that Doug Armstrong didn’t re-sign Darryl Sydor, because he loves playing with him. When Sydor came back last season, Zubie was excited to have him as a partner again. I imagine he was not looking forward to breaking in another partner this season, when it started. But he’s obviously enjoying it now, because his four points in this game make him the league leader for defensemen.

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Andrew’s Dallas Stars page has a link to Army’s interview with BaD Radio today.

I listened to it on the radio and it was very interesting. I really like Doug Armstrong and I’m sorry to see him go. Now that a couple of days have passed, I’m not quite as upset as I was, but I still got a little misty listening to Army talk about his love for the team.

With Brett Hull in charge now (and Les Jackson, I guess), there is no telling what’s going to happen next.

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