Quick note: the Dallas Stars officially have the 8th spot in the draft before tomorrow night's lottery drawing. They could move as high as 4th if they win (3.7% chance) or move down to 9th.
Now that the season is officially over, the front office starts the long process of evaluating the team, the coaches and themselves, specifically how they are running the organization.
Mike Heika talks about how Tom Hicks needs to decide whether his two General Managers, Les Jackson and Brett Hull. Should he keep them, keep one or the other or go with someone completely different.
Jeff Miller at Inside Corner breaks down some alarming numbers from this past season, which really sheds light on why we're not going to be watching the Stars in the playoffs. Most frustrating was these numbers:
In allowing 257 goals, the Stars tied for worst in the Western Conference with last-place Colorado. In giving up 27 more goals this season than last, that was the fourth-worst dropoff in goals against in the league.
Probably most damning is that the Stars’ goal differenial went from +35 last season (third-best in the NHL) to -27 this year. The difference of -62 was the worst in the league. Next was Montreal, whose change was -38.
Follow the jump for much more news and notes on the Dallas Stars.
Dave Tippett will join Barry Trotz and Lindy Ruff as coaches for Team Canada in the upcoming World Championships.
Mike Heika gives a quick breakdown of this season, including his top 5 and bottom 5 moments in the season.
Oct. 15, 2008: Fabian Brunnstrom becomes the third NHL player to score a hat trick in his debut.
Nov. 1, 2008: Stars' game with Boston unravels in a series of brawls, and Sean Avery picks up two game misconducts.
Tim Cowlishaw notes that the Stars are going to run into issues next season with a drop in season ticket sales. Well.....duh.