FRISCO—No, it wasn’t a dream. Yes, the Dallas Stars’ season actually did come to a screeching halt with a 6-1 loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the St. Louis Blues last Wednesday at American Airlines Center. And now that the season is over, the work begins anew for general manager Jim Nill and the organization.
First up is the 2016 NHL Draft, where the Stars will pick 25th, but won’t have another selection until the fourth round. Last week, Dallas signed Russian forward Denis Gurianov, its top pick from the 2015 draft. Gurianov will play in North America next season, but it’s tough to say how NHL-ready he is.
Dallas has eight unrestricted free agents, including defensemen Jordie Benn, Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski and Kris Russell. Role players including Patrick Eaves, Vernon Fiddler and Colton Sceviour are also … Read More »
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. … Read More »
Jim Nill is doin’ work.
The Stars GM may have had the best day of any in the NHL on Tuesday, the first day of NHL free agency. Heck, in the first hour, he had already made the biggest move of the day, and it wasn’t even a signing. For the second consecutive July, Nill traded for a world-class player, and both deals brought an elite center to Dallas.
The last time Dallas made a trade that gave them two top-line centers under the age of 32 with this much talent, they ended up winning two Presidents’ Trophies, two Western Conference crowns, and one Stanley Cup.
Yes, that team also had some quality defensemen, but Nill’s got that brewing as well among his young player personnel.
Nill said before free agency started that one of his goals was to find a second-line center. … Read More »
To deal or not to deal. That is the question.
Actually, the more appropriate question is, “Are you a buyer or a seller?” when it comes to the NHL trade deadline.
That question becomes harder and harder for GMs to answer at this time of year, as teams stay in contention longer into the season since basically everyone gets standings points early and often in the NHL, even with losses.
The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday, March 5. The Stars’ 4-1 win over Carolina last night gives them 66 points in the standings. They currently have the second and final wild card spot in the Western Conference, but four teams are on their heels, all within four points or fewer (Phoenix, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Nashville).
So what are the Dallas Stars? Buyers or sellers with just 23 games left in the regular season? To … Read More »
ScoreBoard sat down recently with former Stars defensemen and current Fox Sports SW analyst Craig Ludwig to get his thoughts on the Stars playoff chances, the Super Bowl and life in general.
ScoreBoard: The Stars are currently sitting in the 11th spot in the Western Conference after 54 games. Are you expecting a playoff appearance this year?
Ludwig: It will be tough to end the playoff drought this year. With teams that are 6 points or more out of a spot at Thanksgiving (Stars were 7 points out) only about 10% of them find a way to get in. The good news is some of teams ahead of them are having their own issues; the Wild, Canucks, Coyotes and Kings haven’t been able to pull away from the pack so there is still hope. I think the last spot will need about … Read More »