You don’t know everything. You can’t. And I can’t tell you. In most cases, you’re better off. Like the sausage factory analogy. And so on.
You trust me and so do they. Walking that line is tricky sometimes for guys like me. We’re not “journalists” in any meaningful sense of the word, although few are anymore but that’s another thing. We’re company guys. We’re fairer than most I think and we work hard at that because I want your trust and need theirs. Twenty-five years doin’ this I’ve seen a lot, spun a little, and know what’s what. Trust me.
Let me tell you something that isn’t a violation of the pact; what we got now – what we got with Jim Nill and Lindy Ruff and our hockey staff and our captain and team (all with Tom Gagliardi’s support) is superb. Beyond superb really, restored. The Dallas Stars are in it again and Dallas is once more an NHL destination.
Jim Nill is as sharp as they come. He is a thoughtful and sincere man who gains respect by giving it. I wrote about this a year ago for another publication and a year later I’m just more impressed. There is no bluster or bravado despite his impressive collection of skins on the wall. His impact is felt through our entire organization. Trust me. Vern Fiddler’s feelings regarding his desire to stay here despite other opportunities are genuine but not unique within our company now.
Lindy Ruff has seen it all and is honest and plain with his players. Everybody ropes, everybody rides, and everybody knows it. He and his young captain got this. Trust me.
I know stories. I collect ‘em over the years. Some are salacious and not really the kind I like to hear or tell. Most are innocuous but private; the stuff that happens in any group or office. And a few of all of these occasionally have the added advantage of being true…
The stories I’d like to tell you about Jim Nill, Lindy Ruff, Jamie Benn, and this group – are – unbelievable. They are stories that reveal honesty and uncommon character.
And so I’ve given you few facts but have attempted to pass along the truth. Because even though you can’t know everything and I can’t tell you – just keep an eye on us – because trust me – these guys got this.