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Well long time no see.

June 30, 2010

So it’s been a while, a long long while at that.  But such debauchery has occurred that I can not keep quiet.

First, I stopped updating cause I got a new schedule at work that was pretty much made to prevent me from ever seeing hockey again unless it’s on the weekends.  Though, I guess with the way the last season (especially) went, I shouldn’t be all that upset.  (PS I still love you Brenden.)

So. Here’s how this works Joe.  If Mike Modano loses a leg in an awful accident and asks to play, you give him a contract.  The end.

So here’s where the team stands: No Russians, One goalie with a history of injures, and no Mo.

Welcome to the Stars team that lives off of Ramen ladies and gentlemen.  They are grasping for straws.

So it’s been a while

August 19, 2009

Summer is here, and I have become extremely lazy when it comes to keeping up with things other than work or World of Warcraft.

As much as I love hockey, I sadly am not that excited for this upcoming season.  This last season really hurt my hockey loving heart.  And with the losses of Tippett, Midget, Russian, etc… I am less than ready for this next season to start. 

Let’s add to this the fact that Heika is now reporting that there will be no icebreaker this season.

Um wut?  Let’s just add this to list of ‘reasons the 09-10 hockey season won’t exist’.

no. no no no no no NO

June 10, 2009

What in the world. Are you people thinking.

TSN reports that the Dallas Stars have fired coach Dave Tippett.

Oh. My.  God.

Should Tippett be fired?

March 24, 2009

With the ups and downs that has been the Stars 08-09 season, many fans are starting to call for Tippett’s head on a platter.  My reply to them: Are you insane?  Might want to put the platter back in the cupboard. 

I’m not so sure you can blame the Stars shortcomings this season on the coach.  He can only do so much.  Between the Avery experiment in the early months and all the injuries, Tippett seems to have done everything possible other than lacing up himself. 

“Every day is a new challenge. And as a coach, you embrace that challenge and try to get the most out of your team. Some days are a little more challenging than others. Injuries are never an excuse for not trying to be successful.” – Dave Tippett

He’s right.  Injuries are not an excuse for not trying to be successful, so why does it seem everytime a guy goes down the Stars play great one game, then totally fall apart?  I feel he has done everything possible to give the Stars every possible chance to make it to the playoffs again. 

The problem hasn’t been the coaches, it has been stupid mistakes and inability to score when it counts.  It has seemed lately, some (not all) of the players have shown up simply to be there.  What happened to the heart?  What happened to the passion?  It seems the injury bug has deflated most of this team.  They constantly are quoted in saying they are working hard, trying to make the playoffs.  But saying and doing are two different things.  Now is the time they need to believe the words they have been preaching the last few months, the time to show up and get the job done.  For themselves, the coach and the fans.

Mayday, Mayday. We’re goin down

November 17, 2008

Remember when the Stars sent Neal down, they said it was because Crombeen couldn’t be sent down unless he went on waivers where he’d most likely be taken?

Well, the Stars have placed BJ Crombeen on waivers.

Oh goodness.

So, this isn’t fun

November 14, 2008

Stars are now 3rd to last in the NHL, 2nd to last in the Western Conference and dead last in the Pacific Division.  What the hell happened? 

Last night against the Kings, it was like the Stars lost all the progress they had made.   The score was still only 3-2, thanks in big party to Marty, but the rest of the team looked just like they did at the beginning of the year.  No one looked like they were playing with the passion we are used to this team having.

I love my Stars, but I am sick of watching only to be disappointed by not only the score, but the lack of heart.

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.

Brodeur and the Devils shut out the Stars

October 22, 2008

Though, not to discredit the Devils, it wasn’t too hard to do.  The Devils played a great defensive game, getting Brodeur one shut out closer to having the most shut outs in the history of the NHL.

The Stars were awful, just awful.  We had one glimpse of happiness Monday, only to have it quickly taken away.  After letting in 3 goals, Turco was pulled and poor Stephan was sent in to deal with the mess that is the Stars defense.  I can’t put the blame on Turco completely, he had no support with the defense.  None.   Razor said Ludy must be wanting to puke, and he looked like it.  I was close.  The entire team seemed to take one sophomore defenseman’s take on the game which is just stand there and watch as everything happens around you.

So far, in 7 games the Stars have allowed 29 goals, the worst in the NHL.  That’s an average of 4.14 goals a game.  What the hell is going on?

I don’t even know what else to say.

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.