Archive for the ‘Uh Oh’ Category

Welcome the new coach, Marc Crawford

June 11, 2009

The Stars officially announced today the firing of Dave Tippett and the hiring of new head coach Marc Crawford.  Mark Lamb has also been given the boot. 

I make it no secret I was a big fan of Tippett, but I will give Crawford a chance.  The numbers, however, aren’t too uplifting.   He was fired by the Kings in 2008, so he was not coaching during the 08-09 season, so here are the compareable numbers between both coaches between the 02-03 and 07-08 seasons.

Tippett: 235-121-54 With the Stars
Crawford: 189-163-58 With the Canucks and Kings

That is a big difference.  The one thing he has going for him was winning a Stanley Cup, which Tippett has not done.  But that was also in 1996, 13 years ago.  I’m going to admit, I am definitely a tad worried about this upcoming season.  But here’s hoping that Crawford can prove me wrong in thinking he was a bad choice for coach.

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And we thought it couldn’t get any worse

April 3, 2009

Yet again, I have been proven wrong.

First off, I will apologize for lack of updates; last Saturday I had previous made plans with friends for a birthday, and all this last week I was serving jury duty.

So what’s been going on?  Well, since the last game I updated the Stars are 1-2-1.  Great run for the playoffs, guys.

How did it get worse?  Heika is now reporting that more than likely, Turco will NOT play in the final home game of the season tomorrow night against the Blue.  UM WHAT?!  An undisclosed lower-body injure.  Are you serious Hockey Gods?  What is this nonesense?  It is undeserved!  

Mike Modano was also on the ticket this morning, saying he is unsure if he will return for the 09-10 season.  Why…WHY MO!!  Don’t. Leave. Me.

I just have one question..

March 28, 2009

Why?  What did the Stars do to the Hockey Gods to deserve such a fate this season?

I know you shouldn’t use injuries as an excuse, but it’s getting to the point that what else can you say?

As if we didn’t already have enough injures this season, we lose Daley and Barch Thursday and Fistric and Robidas tonight.

It’s too much.  Was it because we signed Sean Avery?  Evil.

Ouch

March 23, 2009

So I have been MIA for most of the month of March, but it seems the Stars have as well.  Other things have kept me busy and unable to watch some of the games, but frankly I’m glad after seeing some of the scores.

This season just isn’t boding well for the team I so adore.  I can’t remember a time when we’ve have injury after injury as we have this season.  Another season with Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov, Brad Richards coming back only to hurt his other hand, etc..  I could go on and on and on.  It’s really quite sad.

This team is a really good team, it’s just unfortunate that after having such a great playoff run last year, the next year turns out like this.  Where it’s looking less likely we’ll make the playoffs, for only the second time since moving to Dallas.

I’m not going to give up hope completely, the Stars are 3 points behind Edmonton who are in 8th.  It’s possible, they just can’t afford to lose anymore.  This is it guys.  Show us what you have in you, play for your Captain so he can lace up his skates and lead you to another playoff run.  He deserves that, and so do your fans.

Now that my schedule isn’t as hectic, expect more from me!

PS: Stars called up Wandell from Sweden.

Uh oh B-Rad

February 17, 2009

I was out running errands yesterday, so I didn’t get to watch the game but I heard it.  Yay for winnings, but boo for Brad Richards leaving the game injured.

What’s even more boo about this situation, is that TSN is reporting that he has a broken wrist and could be out 6-8 weeks.  GAH.  Could we stop being attacked with injuries please?

Anyway, I recorded the game, so I’ll watch it and post a real recap tonight or tomorrow (if I can tear myself away from Mario Kart WFC that is)

Zubov on injured reserve

December 12, 2008

Russian has, yet again, been placed on injured reserve retroactive to November 28th.  They are saying now that it is a hip injury.  Oh. My. God.  They have also called up Dan Jancevski.  I’m assuming this is because Mark Fistric is still healing from his knee surgery.

Here is the official press release

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Sergei Zubov on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 28, with a hip injury. The club also recalled defenseman Dan Jancevski from the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League.

Zubov, 38, has collected four helpers in 10 appearances this season, but has missed the last five games as he continues to recover from hip surgery, for which he also missed the season’s first 12 games.

The Moscow native is the highest-scoring Russian-born defenseman in NHL history, and is the only blue-liner in the league to collect 30-or-more assists in each of the last 12 seasons. Zubov ranks 16th in NHL history in assists by a defenseman (619), and 17th among all-time blueliners in points (771), and is third among active NHL defensemen in both assists and points (behind Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom). Zubov ranks third in Stars franchise history in games played (839) and assists (438), and is just five points shy of tying Bobby Smith for fifth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list (111-438-549).

Jancevski, 27, has skated in 25 games with Hamilton this season, recording a goal and nine assists for 10 points with 34 penalty minutes. His nine helpers are the most of any Bulldogs defenseman this season.

The native of Windsor, Ont., has gone scoreless in six career NHL games, including two last season with Dallas. He also appeared in two games with the Stars during the 2005-06 season, and in two with Tampa Bay in 2007-08.

The 6-3, 218-pound defenseman was originally selected by Dallas in second-round (No. 66 overall) of the 1999 Draft. He was a member of Hamilton’s 2007 Calder Cup championship club, recording 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 22 games en route to the AHL title.

Is it possible Avery isn’t the only one leaving?

December 10, 2008

Puck Daddy posted a very interesting blog today

He quotes Ken Campbell who writes that it looks like Hull could also be leaving us as GM.

Several NHL sources have indicated that within the next couple of weeks the Stars’ co-GM experiment with Brett Hull and Les Jackson will be history. Speculation is Hull will move to another area of the organization and will be out of the decision making process when it comes to hockey matters.

I can’t say this surprises me.  I know Hull is a new GM, and was also using this time to learn the job that Jackson had least had some experience at, but where do you draw the line between ‘still learning’ and doing nothing? 

Hull’s insistence on signing Avery in the face of opposition from everyone else in the hockey department will undoubtedly be a factor in the move, but sources also say Hull isn’t really fulfilling the GM duties beyond watching the Stars play.

You forgot eating, Ken.

Heika, however, is reporting the exact opposite, with a quote straight from Hicks.

As for rumors that Hicks is going to re-assign Hull, the owner said:

‘”I’ve heard that and it’s wrong. I have no plans to change the management team.”

Hmm..

My own two cents

November 3, 2008

So, after a full few days to get out my frustration by killing creatures in the computer world, my head is finally clear enough to give my own two cents on what is going on with the Stars.  I’m pretty sure every Stars blogger has said something in regards to what is happening with my team. 

First off, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I was none too pleased about them reassigning Fistric to the AHL.  I dislike that he has become the scapegoat, that both Tippett and Turco felt the need to personally call him out on his mistakes when so many other players are making the same mistakes, and worse.  It could be that they expect more out of him than the other young guys on the blue line.  But it’s getting aggravating.  Most of his mistakes are rookie mistakes, because in my eyes he is still a rookie.  He is trying hard to do everything to try to help the team that it ends up hurting us.  I do think the time in the AHL will help him though; help him to regain his confidence and work on his game altogether.  When he gets in his prime, he will be a fantastic asset to the Stars.

One reason I think I get so angry is the fact that Fistric is not the worst defensemen on the ice, that would go to Matt Niskanen.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the kid, I think he has the potential to be a great player, but right now he’s not NHL caliber.  He was fantastic with Sergei Zubov, but Zubov has the ability to make anyone (or anything) seem like a great d-man.  As soon as Zubov left injured, Niskanen’s game fell apart.  It’s like Zubov is his crutch, and needing a crutch to play well shows me that he is not ready for the NHL.  He needs to be a wall in front of Turco, not only helping to block shots (but not screen the goalie) but to clear bodies from in front of the net.  He has a tendency to let people skate right by him, like he’s scared of getting hurt.  I mean, I don’t blame him for that, but if it’s going to affect his ability to take the man he is in the wrong business.  I think conditioning and some play in the AHL could help him and could help the team.  I will give him this, he has a very good shot when in the offensive zone, but his job is to help prevent goals. 

Now that I have that off my chest, now to what I think is the real problem with the team right now: chemistry

With the exception of the playoffs, ever since a certain trade, our team has been less than stellar.  That trade is what began the downslide of the chemistry we’d worked all season to get.  I like Brad Richards.  I really do, he is a fantastic player.  But he is not a $7.8 million player.  That trade alone has kind of screwed us as far as the cap goes.  And frankly, we haven’t even gotten a quarter of our money’s worth.  With Richards in the line up, our regular season record is 7-14-3 since signing him.  I’m not going to put all the blame on him, because he has done some great things for us, but that trade has affected our team so much.  In the trade we lost our very reliable back up Mike Smith(who now has one of the best SV% in the league), Jussi Jokinen and a very valuable penalty killer in Jeff Halpern.  Then, this summer the team decided to let Antti Miettinen and Niklas Hagman leave for other teams and sign Sean Avery for ‘grit’.  Did Hull and Jackson not see the grit Hagman had when playing?  Was I the only one to see the damn laser beams shooting out of his eyes? 

This team is almost a completely new team.  They are having to rebuild trust with each other and their goalie, and who knows how long that will take with a slump like this.  It’s going to be along 6 months.

Stars fall to Boston 5-1

November 2, 2008

For the 7th time this season, the Stars allowed at least 5 goals.  I don’t even know what to say, to be honest.  You know it’s bad when Mike Modano makes a comment such as:

“Tonight, it was idiotic and stupid,” Stars center Mike Modano said when asked what the team identity was. “It was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen. If that’s what we’re going for, then they need to find me an office job.”

146 penalty minutes tonight, the Stars recieving 69 of those.

Fix this, please.

October 11, 2008

I don’t even know what to say, honestly.   The Stars are playing like they did in the pre-season, badly with a few good plays thrown in every now and again. I know, it’s only 2 games into the season, but as they said during the post game show today, it isn’t the losing that is worrying me but the way they are playing.  I’m not going to start panicing unless this trend continues into next week, but it’s definitely something that needs to be worked on.

Stars lost 3-1 to the Nashville Predators.  Lots of work still needing to be done, because falling behind in the beginning of the season is not fun.  You don’t want to have to spend the rest of the season playing catch up.