Eddie Belfour was always a player who preferred to do his talking on the ice.
He thanked his teammates, the organization and the fans, received a plaque and a watch from Stephane Robidas, then answered a few questions from Daryl Reaugh before turning the stage back over to the current team, where goalie Kari Lehtonen put on a performance worth of a night honoring the most successful goalie in franchise history.
He also gave a brief interview to the media before the ceremony, talking about the wave of attention he's received since being voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and about being back in Dallas for his special night.
Prior to the ceremony, Belfour was asked about those "Eddie! Eddie!" chants.
"Oh for sure [I could hear them]," Belfour said. "Yeah, that’s definitely one of those adrenaline builders. It always makes you want to play that much better."
After the jump, more on the Stars 2-1 shootout win over the Wild, catching up with a former Stars minor-leaguer making his way in the NHL and Olli Jokinen gives goal-scoring tips.
- It's fitting then that a goalie was the star of the game for the Stars, as Kari Lehtonen was the biggest reason Dallas came away with two points. [ESPN Dallas]
- Mike Heika has the same angle in this paywalled gamer. Heck, when the storyline writes itself, I can't blame any of the writers for running with it. [DallasNews.com]
- The Wild were fairly happy with their overall game, but much like the Edmonton Oilers, they really just don't win in Dallas. Coach Mike Yeo has put all area chickens on alert for the next game here. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- Our friends over at Hockey Wilderness give their take on events. [Hockey Wilderness]
- One of the more interesting player personnel moves tried by the Stars on Saturday was moving Eric Nystrom up with Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson. With Brenden Morrow on the shelf for the next little bit, it does open up the possibilities for someone like Nystrom or maybe even Tomas Vincour to earn a place on one of the scoring lines. [DallasNews.com]
- I don't have anything against Aaron Gagnon, but I do think this article sings his praises (and his appeal on last summer's free agent market) a little too highly. Still, it is nice to see him having some success with the Winnipeg Jets. [Winnipeg Sun]
- Sam Gagner = Still awesome. [Edmonton Journal]
- Instead of going bowling or go-karting, both of which seemed to not work nearly as well as planned for the team involved, the Detroit Red Wings decided to hold a broomball tournament. Then they went out and lost (in a shootout) to the Edmonton Oilers. Obviously, the lesson is hockey teams should only stick to hockey. [Backhand Shelf]
- Zac Rinaldo of the Philadelphia Flyers is playing with fire, Shanahan-style. He was fined $5,000, or the maximum $2,500 for two separate incidents, on Saturday. [Toronto Star]
- Meet the enemy: The San Jose Sharks picked the worst time, at least from the Stars perspective, to finally decide to skip a game as their winning streak came to a halt in a 5-3 loss to the Stars next opponent, the Phoenix Coyotes. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Stars aren't the only team who has issues with the sometimes ridiculous travel from the division. The Los Angeles Kings looked like they had heavy legs in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. [Los Angeles Times]
- I wish the Olli Jokinen slump-busting strategy worked nearly as well for us beer-league scrubs. Hey, if Wayne Gretzky suggests it, it must be great advice, right? [Puck Daddy]
- In case you got to your television a little bit late or were watching an out-of-town feed, the Stars put up (most) of Belfour's ceremony online. They did not put the part where his teammates introduced him, which is sad because I love any chance I get to hear Jere Lehtinen on a microphone. But you get a pretty good gist of it.