Archive for the ‘Dallas Stars’ Category

Bolts Fire Coach Rick Tocchet And GM Brian Lawton

[picappgallerysingle id="8119718"] New Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is off to a dramatic start, firing coach Rick Tocchet and GM Brian Lawton. Vinik said he wanted a clean slate to work with. Not helping things was the fact that Lawton and Tocchet spent much of the second half of the season at each other’s […]

Will Mike Modano Retire After This Season?

Was last night Mike Modano’s last home game as a Star? It depends on how you look at things. The Stars are playing their last game of the season in Minneosta. And if you recall, the Dallas Stars used to be the Minnesota North Stars. You also might recall Modano was drafted by the Minnesota […]

Mike Modano Denies Latest Stars Ownership Rumor

Mike Modano and Brett Hull are denying they’re part of a group trying to buy the Stars. Modano told the Dallas Morning News he wouldn’t get involved with anyone from outside of Dallas. Wayne Gretzky was also supposed to be in on the deal. Modano isn’t sure if he’s retiring after this season but he […]

The NHL Needs Mark Cuban

Who will buy the Dallas Stars? I guess no one knows, but Mike Heika says he keeps hearing the name Doug Miller. Miller has experience with minor league hockey in addition to running a non-hockey Dallas-based business. The interesting name, though, is Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, who was recently brought in by […]

Stars Grab Lehtonen to Start Planning for Next Season

I like the Kari Lehtonen to Dallas trade because it gives the Stars options at a position where they’re vulnerable. The Stars will soon be parting ways with goalie Marty Turco. If he’s not traded, he won’t be re-signed next season. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk doesn’t want to wait until the off-season to get his […]

Devils Need To Be Active at Trade Deadline

Everyone is looking at Atlanta, wondering where they’re going to trade Ilya Kovalchuk. But don’t forget to keep an eye on New Jersey, a team that also might be active before the trade deadline. Not so much for Kovalchuk, but for a goal-scoring center who can help out on the powerplay. I don’t think Kovalchuk […]

Nieuwendyk Too Patient in Dallas?

Mike Heika has a nice column reminding fans how long it took Dallas GM Bob Gainey to build a championship team. By Heika’s math, it took around three years, so current GM Joe Nieuwendyk has some time. Fans seem to be losing patience as Nieuwendyk seems quite content to see how many of the Stars […]

Goodbye, Mike Penner

This weekend, the sportswriting world lost Mike Penner of the LA Times. Penner was probably best known for his brilliant writing about his decision to become a woman. His byline changed to Christine Daniels. He subsequently returned to living as Mike Penner. Penner covered the Ducks when they first joined the NHL and it seems […]

Crawford Mellows in Dallas

Dallas coach Marc Crawford is mellowing and maturing. He realizes his overplayed his angry coach hand in Los Angeles, and it caused him to first lose his team and then his job. So now in Dallas, he seems to be on more of an even keel. Which has to be a little bit frustrating sometimes, […]

Being the Line Change Not Always a Great Idea

Mike Heika did his weekly question-and-answer session with his readers and while it’s all usually really good, I wanted to spotlight one of this week’s answers from Heika: Q: What do you feel are the reasons for the Stars’ road success this year? And why hasn’t that success been duplicated at home? HEIKA: Those are […]