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A Look At The 2009-10 Dallas Stars

Dallas StarsIt’s hard to find any reason why Stars fans shouldn’t be optimistic this season. We have a fresh new look to the team with the front office addition of former Stars fan-favorite and Stanley Cup winner Joe Nieuwendyk who takes over the GM role from Les Jackson and Brett Hull - both of whom have been redeployed within the organization.

Joe’s first major move was to release Dave Tippett from his coaching duties (now with the Phoenix Coyotes) and bring in the attack-minded Marc Crawford.

This is something entirely new to the Stars who have always previously relied heavily on depth scoring, a rock solid defense and sure handed goal-tending.

The blueprint to this foundation hasn’t gone entirely according to plan if you hold a lot of stock in pre-season scores and performances but the regular NHL season is an entirely different beast. The roster has now been finalized, players know their roles.

A lot has been made of the play of the guy who spent last season impersonating Marty Turco between the pipes for Dallas and I daresay he will bounce back this season; especially with the addition of Alex Auld. A little in house competition for positions is always healthy and can only be a benefit to the team.

More significant than any of the many Dallas flaws from last season though was the number of long term injuries. Check this list out:
Brad Richards.
Sergei Zubov (so long Zubie).
Jere Lehtinen.
Toby Petersen.
Perhaps Petersen aside; each one of those guys would find a niche in any NHL side. We have them back for 09-10 which is perhaps as significant as any off-season moves we could have made.
Even when these guys were all active though; we lacked that “something”. We lacked leadership. We lacked the will to win. We lacked the impetus to pick ourselves up after going a goal down. We lacked fight. We lacked energy. We lacked grit.

Cue Brenden Morrow; Captain Marvel MkII.

I can never throw enough superlatives at Brenden for the work he does for this squad. He his the beating heart; the engine room of this otherwise mediocre bunch of hockey players. He makes the Stars.

It shouldn’t be that way of course. It should be down to each and every one of them to stand up and be counted. The fact is though; Morrow simply does it all.

As a die-hard Stars fan, I am hoping for better things. Much better. Given the fact that it is also Mike Modano’s last season (probably) and that we also need to make a statement after last seasons frustration, anything less than the play-offs would be a huge let down for the team. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not expecting a dramatic overhaul like Turco facing off and Jamie Benn in goal (although; would be funny wouldn’t it?). Just a good, solid, consistent method of play.

I am relishing tonights match up with Nashville. I’m intrigued to see how this attack-first Dallas team do against any opponent and very much see it as the first stepping stone in what is sure to be a sound season for the boys.

All the luck in the world to you tonight Dallas. Here’s to keeping the faith.

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One comment for “A Look At The 2009-10 Dallas Stars”

  1. Great post look forward to reading more about the Stars!

    Posted by canuckulheadNo Gravatar | October 3, 2009, 10:24 am

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