Dallas Stars 2009-10 Season Preview

What can you say?  The Stars’ 2008/09 was an unmitigated disaster.  After taking the Detroit Red Wings to six games in the Western Conference Final in 2007/08, the Stars came into last season with expectations of a Stanley Cup run.  Well, let’s just say that did not exactly happen.  In fact, the opposite occurred, as […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Dallas Stars,Season Previews on September 10, 2009

On the Beat: Wings lines and reaction from Dave Tippett

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Penguins fans are calling this “The Shift 2,” courtesy of Brooks Orpik.  The Penguins’ entire defense corps really is underrated. Here are the lines from the Wings’ last practice of the season.  Datsyuk still with Zetterberg. Everyone else Mike Heika has Dave Tippett’s reaction […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Buffalo Sabres,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Northeast Division,On the Beat,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

Stars hire Marc Crawford

From Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page: It’s official. The Stars have hired Marc Crawford as head coach. Assistant Mark Lamb has been relieved of his duties and the rest of the coaching staff is being evaluated. Read more about the hiring and some Crawford background information here. No surprise here, as reports came out on TSN […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Dallas Stars on June 11, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): The experts like Detroit, a closer look at Judge Baum and Dany Heatley’s issues with Senators run deeper than just the coach

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Writing for USA Today, Jacques Demers likes the Wings in Game 7.  (Writer’s note: Kelly Hrudey also picked the Wings last night on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show.)  (Second writer’s note: You figure if Demers is submitting a piece to USA Today, they could at least […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

Stars fire Dave Tippett

From TSN: After six seasons behind the bench in Dallas, the Stars have fired head coach Dave Tippett. The move comes on the heels of the team naming former Stars’ player Joe Nieuwendyk general manager earlier in the month. While no successor has been named, sources say that the Stars have asked for permission to […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Dallas Stars on June 10, 2009

On the Beat: Pens down 2-0 but not same as last year and Jacques Martin reaction

Stanley Cup Final Deadline deals from the past two seasons have helped the two Cup finalists, writes Dan Wood.  Good points by Wood.  These deals weren’t “major” but added the necessary ingredients to already established teams. The Wings may be up 2-0, but the stats have not been tilted in Detroit’s favor as much as […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlanta Thrashers,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Florida Panthers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins on June 1, 2009

Joe Nieuwendyk to be named Stars GM

From TSN: “We are very excited to secure Joe Nieuwendyk as the General Manager,” said Hicks. “These moves are all about helping this club take the proverbial ‘next step.’ Joe is a leader and has been a winner in everything he has done. He is ready for this opportunity and has a bright future as an […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Dallas Stars on May 31, 2009

NHL Morning Papers (Friday Playoff Edition): Flames angry at no-call, Osgood proves critics wrong and Sharks lose home-ice

Here are the NHL Morning Papers for Friday the 17th of April: Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) The Sharks’ power play cost them on Thursday going 0-for-6.  Only nine of San Jose’s 35 shots were recorded within six feet of the crease.  The pressure is squarely on the Sharks’ shoulders […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 17, 2009