Who Is The Dallas Stars Core Player? (Plus A Snapdragon Giveaway)

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 19: Fans celebrate a goal by the Dallas Stars during play against the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on December 19, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

For eleven days beginning on December 18, Qualcomm Stadium, football home of the San Diego Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs, will carry a temporary new moniker: Snapdragon Stadium. Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm are the digital brains inside mobile devices made by top manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Nokia, and HTC. Snapdragon Stadium will host the Chargers-Ravens game on December 18, the Poinsettia Bowl on December 21, and the Holiday Bowl on December 28.

Thanks to the fine folks at Qualcomm, we are having our first official sponsored giveaway here on Defending Big D! Qualcomm is going to be giving away a free phone to a random winner, but to enter into the contest you must post a comment on this thread about who is the core player for the Dallas Stars.

It's an interesting debate, especially in a team game like hockey. Who is THE core player for this team? Who is this team built around or should be? You could also take the route that the core player isn't a superstar like Jamie Benn, Brenden Morrow or Loui Eriksson and is instead someone less heralded but just as important: Radek Dvorak or Adam Burish, for instance.

For me, and I'm always biased this way, the core player of any hockey team starts in the net. We've seen what can happen to a hockey team with the goaltender is not on top of his game, and this team suffered mightily once Marty Turco began to struggle. With Kari Lehtonen in net and playing at his high level, the Stars have been able to overcome their lack of talent and depth and contend for a playoff spot last year, and are right in the thick of it this season.

We've seen it happen this month, as the team responded completely differently once Richard Bachman replaced Andrew Raycroft in net. Therefore my core player would have to be Kari Lehtonen right now, and whoever replaces him moving forward.

Keep reading for more your chance to win a brand new HTC Rezound from Qualcomm (Retail value $649); all you have to do is tell us who your core player is. Details after the jump.

It doesn't matter who you choose as there is no right answer, all that matters is that you leave a comment with your pick and your reasoning as to why. This winner will be drawn at random in the first week of January. (Unfortunately for our international readers, the contest is only open to U.S-based residents.) You can read the official rules here.

Want a chance to win an HTC Rezound powered by Qualcomm's revolutionary Snapdragon multiprocessor? Just leave a comment on this post with who you think the team's core player is and why he's so important to their success. Vox Media will select one winner from among the participating SB Nation blogs. All entries subject to the official rules found here .

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