Essential Hockey Read: Behind The Moves

Essential Hockey Read: Behind The Moves

The Essential Hockey Read & Reference: Behind The Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built by Jason Farris (Foreward by Brian Burke) Like a Datsyukian breakaway clinical finish, […]

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Ryan Garbutt An Unconventional Prospect

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”  –Herb Brooks (attributed) Twenty-six year-old Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt is an unconventional prospect, if even he can be called a […]

by · April 17, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars, Player Profiles, Prospects
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Despite Missed Playoffs, the Dallas Stars Still Have Reasons For Hope

The old adage goes that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the same can be said about successful NHL teams. The 2011-2012 Dallas Stars finished 10th in the West […]

by · April 16, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars, Uncategorized
Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott will no longer wear a Stars uniform. (HermonVonPetri/flickr)

Dallas Stars Implode, Lose Final Five Games

The Stars suffered another catastrophic collapse at season’s end, as the team’s power play is worst in franchise history.

by · April 8, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars, News/Commentary
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Ryane Clowe Plays Puck From Bench: Cheating or Gamesmanship?

Was Ryane Clowe’s move cheating or just another example of the gamesmanship that occurs on and off the ice every night in the NHL?

Michael Ryder finding his game (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Scorers-by-necessity: A look at secondary scorers providing first line points

Michael Ryder is having a career year with the Dallas Stars. This is a surprise, though it really shouldn’t have been.

When Ryder signed a two-year deal last summer with the Stars worth $3.5 million annually, he elevated himself from a third-line, secondary scorer on a Boston Bruins team with plenty of offensive weapons, to a first-line winger on a team that was losing star forward, Brad Richards, to free agency. Ryder was expected to become a primary scorer, a signing that would essentially have to replace the same point production that was lost when Richards left for the New York Rangers.

That’s right—Ryder, who surpassed 60 points only once, his rookie year in 2003-04 with Montreal, was supposed to replace the production of Richards, a player who’s only had one season out of ten under 60 points, an injury-plagued year in 2008-09 where he played only 56 games.

No surprise, then, that Ryder has 35 goals and 27 assists for 62 points with Dallas while Richards has 24 goals and 37 assists for 61 points with New York in the same amount of games played. Funny how that happens.

by · March 30, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, News/Commentary, Phoenix Coyotes
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The Pacific: The NHL’s Tightest Division

It is becoming an annual affair: the Pacific Division is the league’s pressure-cooker.

Dallas signs prospect Reilly Smith to NHL entry contract, could play for Stars

Dallas signs prospect Reilly Smith to NHL entry contract, could play for Stars

With their team in the thick of the hunt for both the Pacific Division lead and one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, Dallas Stars GM Joe […]

by · March 26, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars, Prospects
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Pre-Season Expectations vs. Post-Season Reality

Every October before the puck’s dropped analysts begin the tea leaf readings on the season and weighed in with their predictions for who will hoist the Cup nine months later.  […]

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Dallas Stars Players (and Fans) Prepare for Final Playoff Push

WIth their sight set on a division title in the final weeks of the regular season, the Dallas Stars display a potent mixture of grit, focus, and chemistry.

by · March 18, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars, News/Commentary
Dallas Stars News and Notes: March 16

Dallas Stars News and Notes: March 16

11 games and 3 points. That’s all that currently stands between the Dallas Stars and their first post-season berth since 2008. The Stars currently sit in 3rd in the West […]

by · March 16, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars
Captain Dustin Brown leads the Kings with 2 power play goals in the playoffs (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Analyzing the Western Conference Playoff Bubble

One of the biggest buzz words of the post-lockout NHL is “parity”, and a quick look at the playoff races in either conference reveals why. With mere weeks to play […]