Can the Stars Benefit from NHL Pause?

Can the Stars Benefit from NHL Pause?

March 16th, 2020 Just to be clear, I stand 100 percent behind the decisions to suspend/cancel sporting events and leagues in an effort to keep safety the No. 1 priority. Oftentimes, I feel large corporations and industries say things like, “safety first,” but in reality money, publicity and exposure sometimes...
Stars' Coaching Change: Laxdal, Gallant or Boudreau

Stars' Coaching Change: Laxdal, Gallant or Boudreau

March 16th, 2020 The coronavirus has shut down the entire planet. To quote Tony Stark from The Avengers: Infinity Wars, “Earth is closed today.” Several people are debating if this NHL season will have a Stanley Cup Playoff or not. For the sake of this article, let’s assume a worst-case scenario and say...

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February 20th, 2020
St Louis Blues

The top of the Western Conference is a close head-to-head-to-head race between the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. Injuries, inconsistency and scheduling could factor into the competition down the stretch. The Avalanche are at a disadvantage with injuries, but they have won games in similar situations in the past and may do so again.  Cold Front in the Mile-High City The Avalanche have lost three of their last five but are 6-3-1 for the month with only two home wins. Injuries are the obvious reason for their struggle to earn points. Nazem Kadri suffered a lower-body injury on Feb. 9 vs. the Minnesota Wild and was officially put on IR after missing two games. He's out 4-6 weeks.  Forward Matt Calvert and goaltender Philipp Grubauer were sidelined during the outdoor game against the L.A. Kings on Saturday, Feb. 15. Both suffered lower-body injuries and are expected to miss at least a few games, if not significant time.  Colorado...
February 18th, 2020
Trade Deadline

Don’t expect the Dallas Stars to turn any heads at the trade deadline. Just don’t. The possibility of the front office making a significant move probably evaporated with Blake Coleman being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night.  Related: Stars’ Trade Deadline: All-in or Fold? While I know it may not be the answer that some fans around the Dallas-Fort Worth area want to hear, it’s probably the right one.   Lack of Assets Heading into the trade deadline the Stars have very few assets to offer the rest of the league. The front office lacks draft picks, cap space and reasonable prospects to concede. Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News recapped the current situation concerning the team’s draft picks.  The Stars have only four picks in the upcoming draft, having traded the second-rounder for Marc Methot, the third-rounder for Zuccarello and the seventh-rounder for Taylor Fedun. If Dallas includes its first-round pick in a...
February 13th, 2020
Dallas Stars

One of the defining characteristics of the Dallas Stars this season has been its young, developing talent. Forwards like Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov have seamlessly fit in with the veterans, and at times have outperformed them. Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ice, Miro Heiskanen could be one of the biggest names in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Related: NHL's Top 5 Defenses With an important road trip in Canada that just started, the Stars need to make the next few games count. The team is only a few points behind the first place St. Louis Blues, with a rematch at AAC in a little more than a week. With a chance at a number one overall playoff berth possible, the young talent the Stars have needs to leave their mark north of the border. Here are the players I expect to have impactful games this weekend.   Heiskanen vs. Maple Leafs Our first young Star that needs to make an impact on this road trip is Heiskanen. Thursday night the Stars will take on the...
February 12th, 2020
Dallas Stars

It was a hat trick on free hat night for captain Jamie Benn. As the camo decorated military appreciation hats covered the ice, an optimistic reality filled the stands at the American Airlines Center. This Dallas Stars team is for real. One fan even called in on The Ticket 1310/96.7’s postgame show going as far as to compare this team to Mike Modano and company’s 1999 Stanley Cup-winning team. “We played our game and we took it to them,” Benn said in his postgame interview, recapping his sixth career hat trick. https://twitter.com/DallasStars/status/1227457999381422082 With Tuesday night’s victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the books, the Stars now have signature wins over them and the St. Louis Blues. The Stars also took five out of six points on their recent road trip across the greater New York area. This team has come to life with optimal timing, right out of the dog days of the season and into the trade deadline.  What's Working Aside from...

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Green to Black: Stars Graphic History, 1967-93

  Hockey fans know that North Stars owner Norm Green earned his infamy by moving the franchise from puck-loving Minnesota to Texas, where high school football draws more interest than the NHL. Fewer know that Green had already flipped the team’s cherished “N” logo over the glass... August 9th, 2017