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Jere Lehtinen didn’t get the attention he probably deserved, but from what I hear, he liked it that way. Stars fans and his coaches and his fellow players knew how great he was.

I’m a big fan of Jere Lehtinen’s. But just like everybody else, I’ve hardly talked about him all these years.

I have been assuming that he would decide to retire, especially since it’s December already and he hadn’t joined the team. But even though I pretty much knew it was going to happen, I felt surprisingly sad to hear the official announcement.

Over the last couple of seasons, I have thought that he might be a little too oft-injured to help the team that much, and then I assumed he was going to retire so I haven’t really been thinking about him that much this season. But watching his highlight reels and listening to people talk about him has brought back a lot of memories. Watching him skate and seeing his odd goal celebration really takes me back to a time when I thought we were going to the Finals every year.

I’m not as wide-eyed and optimistic as I used to be, but I think we might have a few guys coming up in the ranks, namely Loui Eriksson, that I hope will be able to step into Jere’s skates.

Jere is the last of the players from the ’99 Stanley Cup team so the page is finally really turning for the Dallas Stars. It’s tough and sad and scary, but it’s exciting, too.

I already miss him, though. Actually, I miss him again.

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Modano's AAC*

I have thought and thought and thought, all day, about what to say about that game last night and about Mike Modano himself. I just don’t know where to start.

So much has been said about what a great player he is. What a great guy he is. All I can do is agree. I don’t know what else to say.

Last night was the Dallas Stars’ last home game of the season. The team is out of the playoffs and they were playing another team that is out of the playoff and as games go, it was meaningless. Yet it was pretty much the best game I have ever seen in person.

Modano is at the end of his current contract and he’s going to be 40 years old in June. Yet he looks and skates like a 30-year-old. The Stars are missing the playoffs for the second year in a row and there is a new GM in town and a new “coach” and a bunch of new skilled kids that need playing time. Therefore, everyone is assuming that Mo will retire.

That’s how we started the game.

For the benefit of my family and friends that just read PK and don’t follow the Stars, here’s a quick run-down of what happened, as told to my lovely sister (in Keller).
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I pick on Brett Hull a lot, I admit it, but he has done a ton for the Dallas Stars organization and don’t think I don’t appreciate it.

The Stars had a tribute ceremony before the game against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night.

I wasn’t able to see the Blues game in person, since I was traveling, and I couldn’t see it on TV because of stupid Versus, but the ceremony is up on the Dallas Stars site. It made me a little teary, I’m not gonna lie.

When the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999, I was a hockey fan rookie. I enjoyed it and I thought it was exciting, but I had no idea what an accomplishment it was. I know that when it happens again (fingers crossed!) I’ll have a completely different viewpoint. I hope I get a chance to prove that soon.

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As everybody’s probably already heard, Mike Modano is returning to the Dallas Stars to play next season.

I don’t have a ton to say about it, except that I’m glad. I wanted him to play another year, at least, and I expected him to. You can say what you want about Modano, but he doesn’t string people along.

If you compare him to some other players in the last few years, such as Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne of the Ducks, and Mats Sundin of the Canucks, he is so much more considerate of his team and the fans.

Niedermayer and Selanne strung their own team along after their Cup win, leaving everybody hanging while they pondered their next step. Will they play? Will they retire? When, really, they were just taking half a year off. To be fair, Selanne was a free agent at the time, but Niedermayer took it to the extreme when he basically decided not to show up for months even though he was under contract.

After the Leafs decided they were going in another direction this past summer, or Mats Sundin didn’t like their offer (I don’t really remember), he strung the whole league along while he considered his options. The Canucks offered him $10 million for one year right at the beginning of the summer, but he didn’t make a decision until December.

Modano doesn’t work that way. (more…)

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In case you missed it on The Ticket today, you can hear all three segments over on DallasStars.com. It’s too bad we didn’t get to hear from him much this season. I’m looking forward to his radio show next year. When he’s on with the BaD Radio boys, he loosens up quite a bit.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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Drop the puck already!

Drop the puck already!

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There’s nothing, really, that we can do now about this nightmare of a season, so my plan for the last nine games is to enjoy watching them, no matter what.

I’m going to pretend it’s early October and none of these games will have any bearing on whether we make the playoffs. I’m going to enjoy watching the boys skate and compete and just play hockey in general, because it’s almost over. In July I’ll be wishing for any hockey, good or bad.

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Oh. My. Gosh.

Look at his little gloves!

Look at his little gloves!

When we were at the game, I was telling my cousin (in Plano) about how cute it is that they have a little kid that gets to skate out for the anthem for each game.

Then when that tiny little button came out and stood by Robi we were awwww-ing pretty hard.
robi-jr-during-anthem

Then Robi helps the little kiddo take off his helmet! We almost lost it! Then he helps the kid put his helmet back on and he skates away. So. Cute.

They have matching cages!

They have matching cages!

Trevor gives the little guy a stick-tap.

Trevor gives the little guy a stick-tap.

Well, today I see that it was Robi’s own adorable child, Justin. This time I did lose it.

Good job, Little Robi!

Good job, Little Robi!

How can anyone not love Stéphane Robidas?

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