[UPDATE] Sean Avery cleared waivers today. The Stars will now look to unleash him on an AHL team or work out with an NHL franchise to turn him over on re-entry waivers. If the Rangers really want him back, there's about 20 other teams who would have a shot ahead of them at nabbing Avery. If a team does indeed choose to sign Avery on re-entry, then they would be on tap for half his remaining contract.
Busy day at the office this morning, so we'll take a quick tour around the web to see what's being said about the suddenly consistent Dallas Stars. Expect a lengthy look at James Neal and other rookies later this afternoon.
Brian Sutherby is starting to settle in with the Stars, and has scored two important goals in the past two games.
"If you work hard and go to the net, good things happen," Sutherby said. "I'm starting to settle in a little bit around here, and I came in here at a good time. We found a way to gut it out…it's been a long week. Tonight, at times, we weren't playing our best, but Marty kept us in it and we were able to break through."
Marty Turco has been outstanding lately, and says the Stars are just finding different ways to win.
"In all of our games there are tight moments, and we're just finding ways to win," said Turco, who tied Cesare Maniago's franchise record set during the 1968-69 season for consecutive appearances by a goalie. "We'll take the win. That's what we're looking for, and what we need to continue to do. I don't think anybody in here cares what the reasons are (for the turnaround). We know what we need to do, and nothing can change for us to maintain this type of pace. All the guys know that."
"I need to be playing with poise and confidence and make saves regardless of what happens with rebounds and blocked shots," Turco said. "Trusting my teammates, like a few times tonight to get the back door and sweep away rebounds."
Mark Stepneski gives his thoughts on last night's game, and says that although it wasn't pretty the Stars did what they needed to pull out the win.
Brian Custance of The Hockey News says that Marty Turco's improved play, not Sean Avery's departure, is the reason for the Stars' turnaround.
Mark Stepneski has also posted Brian Sutherby's interview last night on The Ticket.
Scott Cullen of TSN.ca has a rundown of each team in the West and what their plan could be heading into the trade deadline.
And the always eloquent Daryl Reaugh gives his thoughts on Dallas' 10-goal performance Friday night.
The goal horn was on more than it was off in the 3rd period. (6 Stars goals on just 9 shots)
PA announcer Bill Oellerman’s stentorian voice is hoarse this morning.