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 »
I have a saying I’ve stuck with forever when it comes to sports watching: “Playoff anything is better than regular season anything.” And thus, with all due respect to the start of the baseball season, and the NFL Draft of which everyone can’t seem to get enough, the NBA and NHL Playoffs are what are on my screen each and every night.
I’d like to tell you about the local NBA team making it’s name in the playoffs, but unfortunately the Mavericks were just too outmanned and too injured to really make Oklahoma City sweat (it was the ultimate bringing a knife to a gunfight), and thus the long off season of trying to figure out how to make this team better has begun.
But it’s a different story on the ice at the AAC. Let me tell you about the Dallas … Read More »
For the first time in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Dallas Stars trail a series. Thanks to six unanswered goals in Game 3 by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, the Blues lead the second-round playoff series 2-1.
Game 3 started promisingly when Stars forward Colton Sceviour scored his second goal of the playoffs 4:44 into the first period. However, as in Game 2 on Sunday and at points during the regular season, that lead didn’t last. Fifty-seven seconds later, Alex Steen tied it after a Dallas turnover inside their zone.
And St. Louis kept on scoring to win this one going away.
“It’s hard when you lose like that in the playoffs. In the playoffs, you’ve got to have a short memory, so we’ll move on and get ready for the next one,” Stars captain Jamie Benn, … Read More »
FRISCO—Well, there appears to be a consensus the last couple of days: the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be the end of the road for the Dallas Stars.
Dallas, the top seed in the Western Conference, who eliminated the Minnesota Wild in six games, 4-2, in the opening round will now face Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues. Many expect the Stars to bow out against the Ken Hitchcock-coached Blues. Every writer for The Dallas Morning News picked St. Louis, while all but lone soul on NHL.com also picked the Blues to advance to the West Finals.
But what do those in the Stars room think of these predictions?
“It’s the second round, anything can happen,” Stars forward Ales Hemsky, who had three points in the first round, said on Thursday. “The goal is always to pass the first … Read More »
It’s that time of year again when the most exciting tournament in sports is about to begin – The Stanley Cup Playoffs. And that means it’s time to check in again with our go-to hockey guy, former Stars defensemen, two-time Cup winner and current Fox Sports SW analyst for the Dallas Stars – Craig Ludwig.
ScoreBoardTX: OK Luds, the Stars have exceeded all expectations this year by not only winning the Central Division but also securing the best record in the Western Conference (after missing out on the playoffs last year). With everything that they’ve accomplished already, how high has the bar now been set? How deep do they have to go for this season to be considered a success?
Luds: When you finish on top of arguably the toughest division in the NHL, and first in the Western Conference, expectations will … Read More »
DALLAS—Four games into his NHL career, Mattias Janmark has accomplished something no one else has for the Dallas Stars, get points in his first four NHL games.
On Thursday at the Tampa Bay Lightning, Janmark, 22, had an assist in a 5-3 Dallas win against the Bolts. That helper gave him two goals and two assists since his Oct. 8 NHL debut.
“It’s been fairly good. You get that first goal early in the first game. That’s something you can’t wish for really and that helps you a lot like releasing nerves and everything,” Janmark said. “Then you get the same start in the second game on the road, so it definitely helps you but I think I can improve on some areas of the game. I hope to just keep my best up and improve on the areas I have to … 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 »
The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes were both on the road playing powerhouse teams last night – the Coyotes in Pittsburgh taking on the Penguins (97 points) and the Stars in Chicago to play the Blackhawks (99 points). The results were very different. Phoenix pulled out a 3-2 win while the Stars dropped a 4-2 loss. The Stars looked like a team that at times was both mentally and physically tired, having played the night before in Dallas, knocking of the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. Having to fight through a ridiculous phantom goalie interference call that allowed the Hawks to score a power play goal didn’t help the Stars chances either. But the bottom line was the Stars were outshot 42-27 and only won 31% of their faceoffs. Phoenix on the other hand played a strong game throughout, out-shooting the Pens … Read More »