The NHL trade deadline came and went, and every player who started the day as a member of the Dallas Stars was still on the team. Although there was lots of chatter about specific players, including Steve Ott and Sheldon Souray, it was all eventually a big pile of nothing.
There were a couple interesting Tweets immediately after the deadline. The most newsy of those came from Dallas Morning News beat writer Mike Heika, who addressed some of the questions about the Stars not moving Ott for Vancouver Canucks center Cody Hodgson.
Two things I have heard on Cody Hodgson. He was not available to the Stars and Zack Kassian is the real deal.
And the two subjects of the most recent rumors also took to Twitter. Ott is still optimistic about where the Stars are headed this season.
Time to continuehockey thanks for all the nice tweets over the last 48 hours!!
And Sheldon Souray seemed glad both he and Ott were sticking around
9am: rent u haul. 10am: pack bags. 11am: take 2 Tylenol to relieve stress. 12pm: watch tradecenter. 2pm. Cancel u haul#pepperpot
After the jump, more on the winners and losers as determined less than 24 hours after the trade deadline, Tom Gaglardi goes rogue and video of Vernon Fiddler's awesome impressions.
- For better or for worse, which greatly depends on your point of view, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk sent a clear vote of confidence to this group of players by not making any moves. [DallasNews.com]
- And now with all that trade talk craziness passed, the Stars can turn all their focus to the playoff race. [ESPN Dallas]
- You can debate the logic of having a four-game winning streak play so heavily into decisions about player personnel management, but at least the Stars are admitting to it. [NHL.com]
- Sure, there are some flaws in using Twitter to track the most important deals that went down on Monday, but I do think the metric is quite interesting anyway. [Backhand Shelf]
- Kari Lehtonen was named the NHL's third star of the week. Yay winning streaks. [NHL.com]
- Here's how to create a toxic relationship with your star players 101 - when you trade away your other best assets for meager return but don't find enough of an offer to trade your star, reveal that he was the one demanding the trade. I do understand that Rick Nash wanting out of the Columbus Blue Jackets is something that's of great interest to the fanbase, but I can't say I blame him with a general manager like Scott Howson. [Puck Daddy]
- Speaking of toxic relationships, there are rumors swirling that Hodgson also asked out of Vancouver. [The Province]
- One of my favorite traditions of trade deadline day is determining winners and losers before any games are actually played with the new rosters. Here's TSN's take on that very silly topic. [TSN]
- And here's ESPN's. Seriously, no games were played before these winners and losers were pronounced. I just don't get it. [ESPN]
- Meet the enemy: Also quiet at the trade deadline - the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
- Around the Pacific Division: Even with some shiny new pieces in the lineup, the Los Angeles Kings are still the same old Los Angeles Kings, and they couldn't muster much offense again in a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. And the Anaheim Ducks suffered a big blow to their tiny playoff hopes with a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. [The Tennessean/Los Angeles Times]
- Other scoreboard watching: The St. Louis Blues did the Stars a nice little favor as they outclassed the Calgary Flames 3-1. [Calgary Herald]
- I'm going to leave you with only the headline on this story: "Stars Owner Tom Gaglardi Assaults Local Editor." [D Magazine]
- So yesterday I linked Canucks coach Alain Vigneault falling into a giggle fit after Vernon Fiddler did his angry Kevin Bieksa face. Well today, I present you the video combining that moment with Fiddler's actual impersonation. I'm still not sure what caused this, but it was inspired.